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Match Files Copyright Infringement Case vs. Bumble

CopyrightMatchTinder’s parent company Match Group LLC has filed a copyright infringement case against the company that owns Bumble – another dating app.

In the lawsuit filed on Friday last week in a district court in Waco, Texas, Match said Bumble Trading Inc. “copied Tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.” Tinder, incidentally, was founded by three former executives of Tinder.

Match said that after Bumble was launched in 2014, third-party publications had noted that the app is “‘virtually identical’ to Tinder in its functionality and general look-and-feel.”

Match alleged that Bumble was out to copy “Tinder’s functionality, trade-off of Tinder’s name, brand, and general look and feel, meet user expectations that Tinder itself and its  brand created, and build a business entirely on a Tinder-clone, distinguished only by Bumble’s women-talk-first marketing strategy.”

Two Copyrighted Features

Match accused Bumble of rolling out “at least two features that its co-founders learned of and developed confidentially while at Tinder in violation of confidentiality agreements.”

Match identified the two alleged erring Bumble co-founders as Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick.

The company said one of the two “copied” features is the ability to undo an erroneous “swipe left” (rejection) on someone on Tinder.

Match emphasized that the lawsuit “is not about any Bumble personnel’s personal history with anyone previously at Tinder.”

Rather, this case is simply about forcing Bumble to stop competing with Match and Tinder using Match’s own inventions, patented designs, trademarks, and trade secrets. Match brings this complaint to stop Bumble’s unlawful use of this intellectual property.”

In a statement sent to Mashable, Match Group said it poured in “significant resources and creative expertise” in the development of its products, so it is committed to protecting its intellectual property, proprietary data as well as patents.

Bumble has not issued any comment on Match’s lawsuit.

Still Interested in Buying Bumble

Meanwhile, Recode said it believes that Match Group filed the patent violation case against Bumble to push its proposal to buy the company.

Match tried but failed to acquire Bumble for $450 million last year. Bumble rejected Match’s buyout offer because it believes that the company is worth at least $1 billion.

According to Forbes, Bumble had over 20 million users and was on its way to making more than $100 million in revenue last year.

A source in Match told Recode that the company still wants to acquire Bumble.

Badoo, a dating service owned by Andrey Andreev, is Bumble’s majority owner. Andreev has 79 percent stake in Bumble.

A CNBC report said that Badoo tapped JP Morgan to help it find a potential buyer for Bumble and that Badoo and its other dating services would be included in Bumble’s acquisition.

What’s Next?

Match has filed a patent violation case against the company that owns dating app Bumble.

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