Belleville, IL asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois

Q: If I were to make an app/webpage that used the left and right swipe method could I be sued?

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Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
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  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: Your question is a patent question not a copyright question. What you are asking is whether there is any patent where you plan to operate that would cover left and right swipe. This is known as a freedom-to-operate question. In other words do you have freedom to operate as you plan or is there someone with patent rights that could sue you if you acted in this way. See https://www.flynniplaw.com/services/legal-services/freedom-to-operate/opinions

This is a serious question and should be answered only by someone that has done the work to look for relevant patents. You should hire a patent attorney to provide you an answer. You could do some preliminary searching using tips found at http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching to prepare for the first meeting with the patent attorney so that you know what sort of detail is present in patents and what a patent claim looks like.

I hope this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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