3.4
Broadening Further cases of broadening of claims
A The deletion of a statement regarding use or intended purpose in an independent product claim may be deletedfulfils the requirements of Art. 123(2) only if the application as filed offers a basis for the assumption that the product can also be used in some other way (and if the statement of purpose does not amount to a functional limitation).
The broadening of a claim by exchanging a particular feature for a more general feature cannot be based on an indication that it would be obvious for a skilled person (see also H‑V, 3.2.1).

Moreover, since in these cases the deletion or replacement of features leads to broadening of the claim, the requirements of Art. 123(3) are not fulfilled.

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