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2.s009: Explorations in Product Design: Patents & standards

Patents

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

Patents Guide

Search for US Patent Classification Codes

Standards

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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