Article 84 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) defines the function of the claims under the European Patent Convention, the function being to define the matter, i.e. the invention, for which patent protection is sought. This legal provision also imposes that the claims must be clear, concise as well as supported by the description of the European patent application or patent. The form and content of the claims are defined in Article 84, and supplemented by the Rule 43 EPC.
The wording of Article 84 is as follows:
The claims shall define the matter for which protection is sought. They shall be clear and concise and be supported by the description.
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