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5.20 Rule 19(9) requires that the claims shall not rely, in respect of the technical features of the invention, on references to the description or drawings, unless such a reference is necessary for the understanding of the claim or enhances the clarity or conciseness of the claim.
5.21 Examples of omnibus-type claims that refer broadly to the specification, examples or figures are:
“An infant formula substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the Examples.”
5.22 Objection should not be taken where a claim refers to sequence listings, tables of atomic coordinates and the like, where recitation of these is necessary for sake of clarity and conciseness. Similarly, if a particular feature cannot be defined in any other manner than by reference to a figure or the like then no objection should be raised. This will include situations such as the invention including a shape (for example, a curved surface) which cannot be defined by means of a formula or the like.