BME 3506: Tissue Mechanics Laboratory

Research strategies and tools for your literature review on tendons and ligaments

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Using the FDA Medical Device Registry

Search the FDA database to find out about related devices, including things like screws used for fixation.

Patent Searching

Step 3: Search for assignee to find patents on products that described above. This can help you understand the technical specifications. Also, follow up on important literature mentioned or other cited patents which may be similar.


With the FDA Medical Devices database, you will often see "Recognized Consensus Standards" listed. Use this guide to determine if WPI has access to the full text of the standards. You can also try web searches to learn more about the standards.

Patent Resources

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