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Tinder sues dating app Bumble for patent infringement

March 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Tinder sues dating app Bumble for patent infringement

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Match Group, the parent company of TInder has filed a lawsuit against competitor Bumble, alleging that the female-friendly dating app infringed patents and stole trade secrets.

According to CNN, the lawsuit, which was filed in Texas on Friday, claims that Bumble is virtually identical to Tinder, the app that familiarized the swipe right to like, swipe left to dislike function.

Bumble mimicked the “world-changing, card swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise” of Tinder, the suit states.

The complaint also indicated that Bumble’s co-creators are former Tinder employees, and the app has rolled out two additional features that were “developed confidentially at Tinder.”

Bumble has grown to be a fierce competitor to Tinder since it was released in 2014. Bumble’s unique component is that only females can make the first move. However, Match announced in February that it intends to launch that feature in Tinder.

In the suit, Match states it “applauds Bumble’s efforts at empowering women, in its app and offline” and “cares both about its women users and about women’s issues.”

“This case is about forcing Bumble to stop competing with Match and Tinder using Match’s inventions, patented designs, trademarks, and trade secrets,” it continued.

The suit is the first time that Match Group, which also owns sites such as Plenty of Fish and Match.com, has enforced the patents it acquired on swiping and double opt-ins for matches on Tinder.

Bumble was started by Whitney Wolfe Herd, an early employee at Tinder.

Wolfe Herd left Tinder in 2014 after claiming sexual harassment and discrimination. The case was ultimately settled. Ex-Tinder staff members Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick went with Herd to launch Bumble over three years ago. Gulczynski and Mick, who are designers, are in the middle of the stolen secret accusations in the suit.

The two had information of an “undo” button discussed at Tinder, the complaint stated. That feature was “nearly, if not literally, identical” to Bumble’s backtrack function, which allows users to go back to “like” a person they may have accidentally passed on.

Gulczynski and Mick also assisted with implementing photo messaging at Bumble; something Gulczynski had reportedly mocked up a design for while working for Tinder.

In a statement, a Match Group spokesperson said the organization is “committed to protecting the intellectual property and proprietary data that defines our business,”

It’s been reported that Bumble turned down a buyout offer from Match Group. Match Group was reportedly still interested in Bumble’s business as recently as November 2017.

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