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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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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 ...