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A patent with both apparatus (i.e. system) and method?

I read a while back that one's goal should be a patent that is a method, a system and a means (I don't quite know what a means is). Is this actually a good goal? I also read that all the steps of a ...
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How can I contact the applicants

I am a student intern at a research facility and I am currently working on duplicating this result. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to get in contact with the people who conducted this ...
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Is this one invention or two?

I have developed a digital network, similar to a social network, but with a few important differences, and now I am drafting a provisional patent. I'll go to an attorney before submitting, but I want ...
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Does it violate a USPTO regulation, or otherwise cause problems, to include a USPTO web page screen shot as part of the drawings?

Does it violate a USPTO regulation, or otherwise cause problems, to include a USPTO web page screen shot as part of the drawings? I cannot find any MPEP entries or rules relating to this. I used a ...
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Can a patent have methods with optional steps?

I have heard that in order to infringe a method claim, the infringer has to do all of the steps of the method. But what if I have a method A, and it has 5 steps, but in order to do A better someone ...