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.
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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 often the earliest source of information on a new technology.
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