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You don't. Simple as that, until the patent is granted, nobody knows what the scope will be. And as long as it hasn't been published, it is not accessible for the public. As I understand it you may not use "patent pending" if you have no patent app., but it could be the worst patent app. ever seen and still say patent pending. For possible infringers this ...


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They are not the same. The publication number is just the number given to the published patent aplication whereas the patent number is the number given to the application after it has been granted a patent.It is therefore possible that the application is still pending decision or, in case it has already been processed at the Patent Office, but was rejected. ...


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I think it is best to take a conservative approach. To be conservative, any unconstrained use/disclosure should be considered a public use/disclosure. Unless there is an obligation on the part of Apple to maintain confidentiality in relation to app submissions, I would recommend that you treat the submission as a public disclosure and that you file your ...


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I am not sure what you mean by "inactive". This patent expired in 2011 due to nonpayment of the 7 1/2 year maintenance fee. It is conceivable that the owner could petition to revive it on the basis that the nonpayment was unavoidable or inadvertent. After 2 years that might not fly. In any case, a third party (you) cannot come along and get rights to it by "...


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