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Standards, patents & trademarks

What are standards

Standards are documents which stipulate levels of performance and quality of goods and services, and conditions and procedures for operations in industry, science and commerce. 

Concordia Library Standards Collection

The Standards Collection is mostly on print, with some available online via library databases. 

How to find standards on the library website

Search in the Sofia Discovery tool for the title of the standard or try a search for the issuing body as author (example: Canadian Standards Association - you can search either by the acronym or the full name). The library location for these is designated as "STANDARD". 

Access and location

Standards may be consulted during all the hours that the library is open for study. Standards are physically located on LB-2 in the Webster Library. On the shelves, they are arranged in alphabetical order by the names of the standard-issuing bodies. Exceptionally, standards issued by the Quebec Government are housed in the Government Publications area, also on LB-2

Online [Concordia users only]


A list of frequently-used titles:

A volume of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards
A standard is being pulled out of a bookshelf

Free access by standard-issuing bodies

Most standards are not available for free, but some organizations do provide complimentary access, such as: 

Standards organizations by country

Standards organizations by field



Building / Construction / Civil

Electrical / Electronics

Mechanical / Manufacturing / Automation


Patents and trademarks


  • Canadian Patent Database (Canadian Intellectual Property Office/CIPO) 
    This database provides access to over 75 years of patent descriptions and images. You can search, retrieve and study more than 1,300,000 patent documents.
  • Canadian Trademarks Database (Canadian Intellectual Property Office/CIPO) 
    CIPO is offering access to a test version of the database, enabling you to look up all pending and registered trade-marks in Canada. Trade-mark information found in the database can include designs, wares and services covered by the registration, owner's name and more.
  • Further information regarding patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs can be found at the CIPO website.

Concordia researchers who are interested in developing and protecting their intellectual property should contact the Office of Research at the University.

United States


  • EspaceNet 
    Patent searching of patent documents from 1836 to today. Covers United Kingdom, other European countries, European (EP) patents, World International Property Organization (WIPO), worldwide patents and Japanese patents. Bibliographic details are provided and where available the abstract, full text and images of a document.
  • Google Patent Search 
    Google Patent Search facilitates keyword and advanced searching of well over 87 million patent publications from 17 patent offices around the world. The documents are translated and many link to relevant technical papers, books, prior art, PDFs, images, citations, and related patents.
  • Patent Lens 
    Search the full-text of worldwide patent documents. Results may be annotated and may include various integrations with scholarly, technical, regulatory, or business data and literature. Service includes documents from the European Patent Office (grants and bibliographic data), USPTO (grants, applications, and assignments), WIPO applications, and the Australian Patent office.
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