37 CFR 1.9 (pre-AIA)
Definitions

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, published in March 2014

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1.9 (pre-AIA)    Definitions.

[Editor Note: Applicable to patent applications filed before Sept. 16, 2012*]

  • (a)
    • (1) A national application as used in this chapter means a U.S. application for patent which was either filed in the Office under 35 U.S.C. 111, or which entered the national stage from an international application after compliance with 35 U.S.C. 371.
    • (2) A provisional application as used in this chapter means a U.S. national application for patent filed in the Office under 35 U.S.C. 111(b).
    • (3) A nonprovisional application as used in this chapter means a U.S. national application for patent which was either filed in the Office under 35 U.S.C. 111(a), or which entered the national stage from an international application after compliance with 35 U.S.C. 371.
  • (b) An international application as used in this chapter means an international application for patent filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty prior to entering national processing at the Designated Office stage.

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[*See § 1.9 for the current rule and for paras. (c)-(k) in effect for applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) or 363 prior to Sept. 16, 2012.]