I am currently writing claims for a PCT utility application. It appears my independent claim is rather lengthy and can be broken down into many dependent claims, but that is not what I am after.
My focus is for the independent claim/s to be fairly detailed with clarity because what I am inventing here is an entirely original device. As I am after the broadest exclusivity of this invention, I am wondering what my options are. How expansive can be the independent claims? Is there a certain word limit?