MPEP Q & A 204: Definition of a National Application

Definition of a National Application


What is the definition of a national application as described in chapter 200 of the MPEP?


A national application as used in this chapter means either a U.S. application for patent which was filed in the Office under 35 U.S.C. 111, an international application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in which the basic national fee under 35 U.S.C. 41(a)(1)(F) has been paid, or an international design application filed under the Hague Agreement in which the Office has received a copy of the international registration pursuant to Hague Agreement Article 10.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 200 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Types and Status of Application; Benefit and Priority Claims.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 08.2017. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 201.01 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 201.01.

201.01 National Applications

This section covers application types filed under 35 U.S.C. 111. It briefly discusses the difference between provisional and nonprovisional applications. In addition, this section covers the difference between national applications filed before and on or after September 16, 2012.