5.001. What is an international application? An application is “international” when it is filed under and with reference to the PCT. It is the first step towards obtaining a patent in or for a State party to the PCT: “in” such a State when a national patent is desired; for such a State when a regional patent (ARIPO, Eurasian, European or OAPI patent) is desired.
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015