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BME6330: Cell and Tissue Engineering: Patents & Standards

Use this guide to help you locate resources for your assignments and projects in BME6330

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Amy Buhler
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Finding Patents

US Patent US10537379B2  for Irreversible electroporation using tissue vasculature to treat aberrant cell masses or create tissue scaffolds.

Patent websites vary in coverage. Some only have full text or images for recent years. Some have better quality images than others. In some search engines, keywords only work on recent years. If you are doing a full, deep, and serious search, be sure to identify and search on the patent classifications (see details on the Patents Guide) as well as keywords.

There are three types of U.S. patents:
1) Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof;
2) Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and
3) Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.
(from USPTO website)

... and patents include definitions of terms used. Remember, though, that patents are written by attorneys and not by engineers!

Finding Standards

Through UF subscription (use UF VPN to access when off-campus):

Free View/Read Access Online:

  • ANSI Standards (American National Standards Institute) Incorporated by Reference (IBR) portal provides access to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of federal Regulations (CFR) are offered at no cost in “read only” format for online reading. There are no print or download options. 
  • NFPA Standards (National Fire Protection Association).  Under codes and standards drop down menu, look for the link Free access.  
  • UL Standards (Underwriters Laboratory). Under UL Alternative Documents link, you can read them for free online via the Digital View option (free account required).

Remember: most government standards are also free, such as NASA standards

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