Standards are official publications used in industry and trade to describe specifications and procedures.
Standards provide rules and recommendations for; quality, safety, performance and construction, codes of practice, methods of testing, symbols and terminology.
The Library provides access to many standards via databases. See the Standards guide for more information.
A patent is a contract between the state and an inventor by which a temporary monopoly is granted in return for disclosing all details of the invention.
Patents are an important source of scientific and technical information. Patents are often the earliest source of information on a new technology.
You can search for patents in databases and patent offices' websites. See the Patents guide for more information.