I am faced at the moment with a potential US patent that might be enforceable in the future. It is currently undergoing a review process and the outcome is yet undetermined. I would like to know whether if I infringe on the potential patent before it is granted:
Will I be liable if it is granted (or perhaps until it is decided that it will not be granted), assuming I would cease all infringing activities the moment it is granted?
Can the patent applicant issue a cease and desist before the patent is granted?
Or in general - at what point in time is a patent enforceable under the US law?