Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Chapter 200: Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

Chapter 200: Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application

201: Types of Applications

201.01: National Applications

201.02: General Terms Used to Describe Applications

201.03: [Reserved]

201.04: Provisional Application

201.05: Reissue Application

201.06: Divisional Application

201.06(a): Former 37 CFR 1.60 Divisional Continuation Procedure

201.06(b): Former 37 CFR 1.62 File Wrapper Continuing Procedure

201.06(c)-37 CFR 1.53(b) and 37 CFR 1.63(d) Divisional-Continuation Procedure
201.06(d)-37 CFR 1.53(d) Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) Practice
201.07: Continuation Application

201.08: Continuation-in-Part Application

202: Cross-Noting

203: Status of Applications

203.01: New

203.02: Rejected

203.03: Amended

203.04: Allowed or in Issue

203.05: Abandoned

203.06: Incomplete

203.07: [Reserved]

203.08: Status Inquiries

203.08(a): Congressional and Other Official Inquiries

204‑209: [Reserved]

210: Priority to, or the Benefit of, the Filing Date of a Prior-Filed Application

211: Claiming the Benefit of an Earlier Filing Date Under 35 U.S.C. 120 and 119(e)

211.01: Requirements Related to the Prior-Filed Application

211.01(a): Claiming the Benefit of a Provisional Application

211.01(b): Claiming the Benefit of a Nonprovisional Application

211.01(c): Claiming the Benefit of an International Application Designating the United States

211.01(d): Claiming the Benefit of an International Design Application Designating the United States

211.02: Reference to Prior Application(s)

211.02(a): Correcting or Adding a Benefit Claim After Filing

211.03: Time Period for Making a Claim for Benefit Under 37 CFR 1.78

211.04: Delayed Benefit Claims

211.05: Sufficiency of Disclosure in Prior-Filed Application

212: [Reserved]

213: Right of Priority of Foreign Application

213.01: Recognized Countries and Regional Patent Offices of Foreign Filing

213.02: Formal Requirements Relating to Foreign Priority Application

213.03: Time for Filing U.S. Nonprovisional Application

213.04: Requirement to File Priority Claim and Certified Copy During Pendency of Application

213.05: Right of Priority Based Upon an Application for an Inventor’s Certificate

213.06: Claiming Priority and Filing a Certified Copy in a National Stage Application (35 U.S.C. 371)

213.07: Claiming Priority and Filing a Certified Copy in a Nonprovisional International Design Application

214: Formal Requirements of Claim for Foreign Priority

214.01: Time for Filing Priority Claim

214.02: Unintentionally Delayed Priority Claims

214.03: Office Acknowledgement of Priority Claims

214.04: Proper Identification of Priority Application in Foreign Priority Claim

215: Certified Copy of Foreign Application

215.01: Electronic Priority Document Exchange

215.02: Time For Filing Certified Copy – Application Filed On or After March 16, 2013

215.02(a): Timeliness Requirement – Met By Priority Document Exchange

215.02(b): Timeliness Requirement – Met By Interim Copy of Foreign Application

215.03: Time For Filing Certified Copy – Application Filed Before March 16, 2013

216: Entitlement to Priority

216.01: Perfecting Claim for Priority Under 35 U.S.C. 119(a)-(d) or (f) After Issuance of a Patent

217: Incorporation by Reference Under 37 CFR 1.57(b)