I was wondering whats considered a prior art when dealing with a continuing application?
From reading online, once a continuing application is approved, it receives the allowance date of the original patent. So for example if the parent patent was filled in 2014 and approved in May 2018, and In January 2018 I am filing for a continuing patent and its also being approved, it will get the allowance date of 2014.
But what about prior art that was created between 2014 and January 2018, can they be considered against me? or the examiner treats this application as if it was filled in 2014? which doesn't make sense to me, but so is the fact that continuing application gets the parent patent issuance date.