For 103/obviousness (but not obvious-type double patenting) reasons, does an application published by the same inventor/owner count as prior art against future applications of the inventor/owner based on (a) the effective filing date or (b) publication date of the earlier application? Does it change from pre-AIA to post-AIA? And are international applications treated differently?
For example, if I file an application on January 1 2015 which publishes on July 1 2017, can the examiner cite that application against me in a 103 rejection on an application filed June 1 2017 (i.e. citing the earlier app's effective filing date of Jan 1 2015) or not?
Based on my interpretation of 35 USC 102, it seems that one's own prior applications are treated differently (count as prior art as of pub date) relative to others' prior-filed applications (count as prior art as of EFD).
A pre-AIA Patently-O article makes the following statement (emphasis mine) in regards to CIP applications, which neither contradicts nor explicitly confirms my interpretation:
Thus, for the claims with new matter any patent issued or document published more than one-year before the CIP filing date would count as prior art under 35 U.S.C. 102(b).