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PKG3001: Principles of Packaging: Patents & Standards

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FInding Standards

The UF Libraries have full text of:

  • ASABE standards via the ASABE Technical LibraryTIP: select standards from the Categories pull-down menu
  • All current IEEE standards through the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL).
  • ASTM Standards are online. Use VPN or UF wireless on your device.  Older versions of the ASTM standards can be found through the UF Catalog
  • 2017 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section II - Materials online via Knovel.

See what standards organizations do, and purchase standards not available through the library.  Many more options on the Standards Guide.

Using Patents

Here are two guides from the World Intellectual Property Organization regarding intellectual property for small businesses:

Inventing the Future: And Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Looking Good: An Introduction to Industrial Designs for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Finding Patents


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!

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