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Okay to use “optionally” in a claim?

In a claim, is it okay to use something like: ... node A connects to node B, optionally encrypted, such as via SSL or TLS. I know I can add a dependent claim instead, but is there any advantage of ...
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Why have dependent claims?

Sorry for such a newbe question. I understand the purpose of making independent claims as broad as possible, and I understand that if something infringes a dependent claim, it also infringes those ...
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A dependent claim that modifies just one aspect of the independent claim

Say there's an independent claim broken down into several steps: A method for ...., comprising the steps of: (a) .... (b) .... (c) .... Now let's say that a dependent claim is to be written such ...
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Patents and Dependent Claims

I am from the UK, just looking for a pretty simple answer as I have been spending abit more time looking at patents now than ever before. So, I understand independent claims are broad. Then you have ...
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Is novelty in every dependent claim a necessity?

In case of an invalidated independent claim, does the dependent claim survive if the added limitation to the now dead independent claim is not inventive? If yes, does that mean that in a long chain of ...