Standard Development Life Cycle (source IEEE Standard Association website)
"A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems, services, or practices."
- National Standards Policy Advisory Committee
"A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose."
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
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Derwent Innovations Index (Patent coverage from 1963-present; citations from 1973-present) (Derwent World Patent Index® and patent citation information from Patents Citation Index®) - access via Web of Knowledge database
Google Patents - Search more than seven million U.S. patents issued in the 1790s through those most recently issued in the past few monthsPatents at USPTO - US patent full-text database search.
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PATENTSCOPE ® Search Service provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Can search 30 million patent documents including 2.2 million published international patent applications; provides a list of international patent databases.