My PCT application (at EPO) has been rejected due to the lack of novelty and inventive step. Now, I am considering amendment of the claims under Article 34 PCT.
The description contains the following sentence: „When more than one widget is needed, a plurality of widgets should be arranged, aligned in a row.“ Also, in the drawings, a figure showing the widgets aligned in a row is provided.
The method of use claim reads „said widgets are aligned in a row.“, whereas claim 1 does not mention this feature at all.
Is it allowable to amend the claim 1 by adding „a plurality of said widgets is aligned in at most one row,“ and removing the corresponding part of the method of use claim?
Thank you in advance.