With a pending continuation, a patent owner is able to monitor and act on forward citations that surface over time. Forward citations are instances where later filed patent applications cite back to your patent specification. This is similar to a journal article citing to prior journal articles that are relevant or otherwise used for background information. If your patent is a forward citation and is cited as a 102 reference it means that a patent examiner has specifically determined that your patent is a "blocking patent" to the claims sought by the later applicant. This is powerful and actionable information.