In the USA, if you submit a novel iPad app to Apple for inclusion on App Store, does that count as a public disclosure? i.e. Does the clock start ticking (for the one-year grace period during which you can still apply for a patent) when your app is submitted to Apple, or only when it appears on the public-facing App Store?
(I guess it may depend on the wording of the agreement between Apple and the developer submitting an app. Perhaps someone here has knowledge about that?)