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Computing and Information Technology: Patents, Standards & Software

A Library Guide to Computing and Information Technology resources for students and staff of the University of Newcastle

Patents & Standards

What is a Patent?

"A patent is a legally enforceable right for a device, substance, method or process. For your application to be successful, your invention must be new, useful and inventive or innovative. When granted, a patent will give you exclusive commercial rights to your invention." (IP Australia)

Australian Patents

International Patents

What is a Standard?

"Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent." (Standards Australia)

Australian Standards

International Standards

Please Note: Non-Australian Standards not held by the University of Newcastle can be requested via the library's Borrowing from other libraries service (by Staff or Students).


MATLAB is available to all UON students on all UON computers.

Additionally a student may download a personal copy of MATLAB to ONE personal computer. 

The software licence must be renewed each year on the 1st of August to remain active.

For details see the MATLAB for Students information sheet and the entry on MATLAB in the ServiceUON Knowledge Base by IT Services.

NOTE: above links will require login by a current student or staff to view information

Free Software for UON Students

A number of software packages and programs are available for you to download to your devices for free while you are a student here. These include anti-virus software and programs helpful for your course.

There are also software licenses you can purchase for discounted prices. For details of a list of Software available for students, where to get it and any charges involved, see Software for your personal computer under the Software and tools page