Any nonelected processes of making and/or using an allowable product should be considered for rejoinder

Any nonelected processes of making and/or using an allowable product should be considered for rejoinder

If an examiner (1) determines that the claims do not meet the unity of invention requirement and (2) requires election of a single invention, when all of the claims drawn to the elected invention are allowable (i.e., meet the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 101, 102, 103 and 112), the nonelected invention(s) should be considered for rejoinder. Any nonelected product claim that requires all the limitations of an allowable product claim, and any nonelected process claim that requires all the limitations of an allowable process claim, should be rejoined. See MPEP § . The examiner should notify applicants of potential rejoinder of non-elected process claims by placing form paragraph 8. at the end of any lack of unity determination made between a product and a process of making the product or between a product and a process of using the product.

As provided in 37 CFR 1.475(a), a national stage application shall relate to one invention only or to a group of inventions so linked as to form a single general inventive concept (“requirement of unity of invention”). The expression “special technical features” shall mean those technical features that define a contribution which each of the claimed inventions, considered as a whole, makes over the prior art.

The determination whether a group of inventions is so linked as to form a single general inventive concept shall be made without regard to whether the inventions are claimed in separate claims or as alternatives within a single claim. See 37 CFR 1.475(e).

Where a group of inventions is claimed in a national stage application, the requirement of unity of invention shall be fulfilled only when there is a technical relationship among those inventions involving one or more of the same or corresponding special technical features

  • (1) A product and a process specially adapted for the manufacture of said product; or
  • (2) A product and a process of use of said product; or
  • (3) A product, a process specially adapted for the manufacture of the said product, and a use of the said product; or
  • (4) A process and an apparatus or means specifically designed for carrying out the said process; or
  • (5) A product, a process specially adapted for the manufacture of the said product, and an apparatus or means specifically designed for carrying out the said process. …