Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Honours): Standards / Patents

Looking for Standards?

Standards are published documents laying out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to (from Standards Australia, the nation's peak non-government Standard body recognised by Australian Government). 

Access to both the Australian and International Standards is via the library databases, as below.

Australian Standards Online (SAI Global)

Australian Standards are sold and distributed worldwide by SAI Global Limited. ​Australian Standards Online database contains a collection of Australian and joint Australian/ISO and NZ/Australian standards in full-text, including a small number of selected ISO standards. It also indexes ISO, IEC, EN, ANSI, ASTM, BSI, DIN, ETSI, JSA, and NSAI standards. Consult the Australian Standards online database guide for information on how to search for standards or watch the related video:


IEEE Xplore 

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) develops global standards in a wide range of industries, including information technology, robotics, power utility, energy projects, health informatics, electric systems, telecommunications, nanotechnology, information assurance, and others.

You may search or browse current IEEE published standards through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library database.

The video tutorial on Browsing Standards in IEEE Xplore lets you learn how to easily browse standards in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. To view standards available in IEEE Xplore, select 'Standards' under the orange 'Browse' button located on the main menu bar. On the 'Browse' standards page you can browse by standard number, topic or subscription. 

Additionally, there are some resources such as e-books, print books or  media resources referring to AS, ISO and other standards available from the library. To find them, conduct a search by the standard number, or keywords, e.g. ISO9001, or "quality assurance"  for example.



A patent is a government license that gives the holder (inventor) a set of exclusive rights to a process, design or a new invention for a limited period of time without fear of competition.

Below are some well-known, freely available online patent databases.

AusPat - IP Australia

In Australia, most patents are valid for 20 years and applications for patents are handled by the patent office, part of IP Australia. Use the AusPat (Australian Patents Register) to search for Australian patents. Through IP Australia, it is also possible to search for international patents, as well as trade marks.


In the U.S., the applications and documentations are handled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


Espacenet is a free online service for searching patents and patent applications developed by the European Patent Office (EPO) along with the member states of the European Patent Organisation.

The Lens

The Lens is an open cyberinfrastructure that has as a goal making the innovation system more efficient, transparent and inclusive. It patents the documents from around the world, as well as Australian patents.Through Lens, it is possible to search for patents that cite specific authors in the scientific literature.

Google Patents

Google Patents allows for searching and reading the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world.