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Referencing Toolkit

How to Reference: Patents

Basic Format to Reference Patents

The basics of a reference list entry for a patent retrieved online:

  • Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Title of patent (in italics).
  • Patent number (In round brackets) e.g. (Australian Patent No. AU xxxxxxxxxx).
  • Name of Patent Office. e.g. IP Australia for Australian patents, European Patent Office for European patents.
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 1.27cm.

Example:

Bevitt, A. J. (2018). Litter, waste disposal and recycling app. Australian Patent No. AU 2018100960). IP Australia. http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/ols/auspat/applicationDetails.do?applicationNo=2018100960

Bevitt, A. J. (2018). Litter, waste disposal and recycling app. Australian Patent No. AU 2018100960). IP Australia. http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/ols/auspat/applicationDetails.do?applicationNo=2018100960

Please note:

  • For the in-text citation give the patent number and the issue date (not the application date).
  • In the reference list entry, include the inventor(s) to whom the patent is issued and the official source from which the patent information can be retrieved.

How to Reference: Standards

The Basics of a Reference List Entry for a Standard:

The basics of a reference list entry for a standard retrieved online:

  • Author.
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Standard title (in italics).
  • Standard number (in round brackets).
  • Publisher name.
  • Homepage URL of the publisher (as a direct URL is not available for standards).
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 1.27cm.

Example:

Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. (2018). Interior and workspace lighting part 2.5: Hospital and medical tasks (AS/NZs 1680.2.5-2018). SAI Global. https://www.saiglobal.com/

Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. (2018). Interior and workspace lighting part 2.5: Hospital and medical tasks (AS/NZs 1680.2.5-2018). SAI Global. https://www.saiglobal.com/

Examples

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Citation Examples: Patents

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Patent: Online (Australian)

(Bevitt, 2018)

, A. J. (2018). Litter, waste disposal and recycling app. (Australian Patent No. AU 2018100960). IP Australia. http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/ols/auspat/applicationDetails.do? applicationNo=2018100960

Patent: Online (International)

(European Patent No. EP 2178546 (A1), 2010)

Botura, G. C., Wilson, T. M., & Hartzler, B. (2018). A method to join Nano technology carbon allotrope heaters. (European Patent No. EP3331317). European Patent Office. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/patent/search/family/060661756/publication/EP3331317A1?q=EP3331317

Citation Examples: Standards

Material Type

In-text examples

Reference list examples

Standard: Retrieved from a Database

(Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand, 2018)

Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. (2018). Interior and workspace lighting part 2.5: Hospital and medical tasks (AS/NZS 1680.2.5-2018). SAI Global. https://www.saiglobal.com/

Standard: Print

(Standards Australia, 2013)

Standards Australia. (2013). Gas installations. Part 1, general installations (AS/NZS 5601.1:2013). SAI Global.