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Standards, patents & trademarks

At Concordia Library, some standards are available on print only while others are availabe online via library databases. A good starting point is to search for the title of the standard in the Sofia Discovery tool. It may also be necessary to check in the databases below. 

The following databases are available to the Concordia community only:

Standards published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

American Society for Testing and Material's (ASTM) 12,900+ standards as well as historical and redlined versions of standards.

Contains over 3,000 current and historic standards from the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) in English and French, plus various CSA Codes and Manuals. New standards are added as they are published.

Standards published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). 

Only current aerospace standards are included in the library's subscription, published by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

The library location for print standards is designated as "STANDARD". 

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

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

Patents and trademarks basics


  • 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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