I had an idea for a patent and I reached out to a friend and put me in touch with a patent lawyer to discuss with the patentability of the concept. He advised that it would cost a lot of money to file and he didn't think it would go through (even though he wouldn't say so in those exact words).
So I gave up on the patenting as I didn't have the money and tried to produce the product from the ground up and look into the patent later when I had the funds. I just found that my exact product idea was filed for months later. I have email regarding trying to patent this invention with a patent lawyer.
Do I have any rights here? It is probably coincidence but there is a chance its not. Maybe he told a friend in passing, maybe not.
Is there anything I can do? I don't want to reach back out to the same person but I don't have anyone else to ask.