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Plastics Engineering

For Penn State students, faculty and staff studying and researching topics in plastics/polymer engineering.

What are Patents?


A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.

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Finding patents

The article Patent Search for STEM Researchers provides additional sources for patent information

What are Standards?


Standards are guidelines or rules for products, processes, test methods, or materials. These are created to produce a level of uniformity, interchangeability, reliability, or means of comparison.

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Finding Standards

Full-Text Access to Standards that Require PSU Login

Free Online Access to Standards (not all include full-text access)