MPEP 818.02(c)
Election By Optional Cancellation of Claims

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

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818.02(c)    Election By Optional Cancellation of Claims [R-07.2015]

Where applicant claims two or more independent or distinct inventions and as a result of amendment to the claims, he or she cancels the claims to one or more of such inventions, leaving claims to one invention, and such claims are acted upon by the examiner, the claimed invention thus acted upon is elected.