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Communication Skills COMS0001: Standards and patents

This guide is for Canning College students enrolled in the Curtin unit Comm Skills 011


"Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria" (Standards Australia).

The library provides access to both the Australian and International Standards via the library databases.

Other useful links


A patent is a legal document, which is often the first (or only) publication of information on a new area of research. It is a government-granted right to exclude others from exploiting your invention, for a specific time period. It must disclose, in some detail, the nature of the invention. Details disclosed by an existing patent may save you from undertaking unnecessary research.

‘Introduction to searching for a patent’ by IP Australia,