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

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in January 2018

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211.01(d)    Claiming the Benefit of an International Design Application Designating the United States [R-07.2015]

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 386(c), in accordance with the conditions and requirements of 35 U.S.C. 120, a nonprovisional application is entitled to the benefit of a prior international design application designating the United States. See MPEP §§ 211 and 2920.05(e). 37 CFR 1.78(j) provides that benefit under 35 U.S.C. 386(c) with respect to an international design application can only be claimed in nonprovisional applications, international applications, and international design applications filed on or after May 13, 2015, and patents issuing thereon. To obtain benefit of the filing date of a prior international design application designating the United States, the international design application must be entitled to a filing date in accordance with 37 CFR 1.1023. See 37 CFR 1.78(d)(1)(ii).

See MPEP § 2920.05(e) for additional information pertaining to benefit claims under 35 U.S.C. 386(c).