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2.009: Product Engineering Processes: Patents & standards


Patent searches can tell you which companies are producing similar products, and they are also a good source for diagrams of similar products.

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Standards are generally set by industry associations or government agencies. When searching for standards, consider what types of standards might exist related to your product.

  • Are there likely to be safety standards?
  • Is there some aspect or part of your product that must be standardized so that it will always work with other manufacturers products?
  • Will there be some standard method of testing the quality or functionality of the product?

Additionally, be sure to consider the source of the standard -- both the organization and the country. Though the country of origin may not be the US, it may affect where you can sell your product.

  • The full text of ASTM standards which include testing and specifications for a wide range of products
  • Standards guide which includes links to other standards and a form to request standards

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