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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.

The Webster Library houses a collection of standards published by major Canadian and American standard-issuing bodies, such as Canadian Standards AssociationNational Research Council of Canada,Society of Automotive Engineers, etc. More information about this collection.

Standards organizations by country

Standards organizations by field

Concordia Library Standards Collection
Online [restricted to Concordia users]
Print [unavailable due to campus closure]

General search for standards

Use these resources to identify potential standards that you may need:

  • How to Find Standards: developed by the National Institute of Standards (NIST)
    Provides an excellent starting place for an overview of this process. They also provide a few tips on searching for standards.
  • IBR Standards Portal (ANSI) 
    Provides access to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These standards incorporated by the U.S. government in rulemakings are offered at no cost in “read only” format and are presented for online reading. There are no print or download options.
  • IHS Specs and Standards 
    A database of industry, government and military 800,000 codes, standards, and publications from over 370 worldwide standards developing organizations. Also includes historical standards dating back to the 1920's.
  • Techstreet 
    A database of over 500,000 industry codes and standards from around the world.
  • Other Libraries:
    Print Standards may be available at other university libraries. Notably, École Polytechnique has a sizable collection of standards among the Montreal-area libraries.

Buying standards

Canadian standards, such as those from the CGSB or the CSA, which are not in the Concordia collections, should be ordered directly from the individual organization. Standards from the United States and other countries can be ordered through the services of the Global Info Centre.

You can also contact the engineering librarian for your department for more information about acquiring standards for the Concordia collection.

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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