On-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. 102(b)

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does beta testing software count as a sale?

Does beta-testing of software count as a sale and trigger the start of the one year grace period? I am referencing: "Under current U.S. law (35 U.S.C. §102(b)), a sale or offer for sale of the ...
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How rigorous are examiners

A business competitor is claiming "patent pending" on a product I know they did not originally create. The product is manufactured by us, the competitor in question, as well as at least 15 other ...