Definition: a legal agreement between an inventor and the government; excludes others from making, using, or selling that invention for a limited time in a particular country country
Why search for patents?
Definition: a published document with technical specifications to be used as a rule, guideline, or definition; created for the purpose of ensuring things work safely, behave reliably, and are produced uniformly.
Why search for standards?
laws sometimes refer to standards, making compliance mandatory
can be a constraint, method, or metric in your design