The claims must be drafted in terms of the "technical features of the invention". This means that claims must not contain any statements relating, for example, to commercial advantages or other non-technical matters, but statements of purpose are allowed if they assist in defining the invention.[Rule 43(1); ]
It is not necessary that every feature is expressed in terms of a structural limitation. Functional features may be included provided that a skilled person would have no difficulty in providing some means of performing this function without exercising inventive skill (see F‑IV, 6.5). For the specific case of a functional definition of a pathological condition, see F‑IV, 4.22.
Claims to the use of the invention, in the sense of the technical application thereof, are allowable.
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018