Match Group, a parent company of an online dating app Tinder has filed a lawsuit one of its biggest rival Bumble for misusing its property.
The lawsuit claims that, the ex-employees of tinder and co-founder of Bumble Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick has secretly stolen their “world-changing, card swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise” patents. It has also said that “During the investigation it has learned that Bumble has a feature which was learned and developed confidentially in Bumble when the co-founders of Bumble were in Tinder.”
Including the “undo” button, a feature that say is “nearly, if not literally, identical to Bumble’s “backtrack” option which allows users to go back when they accidentally visits a wrong person profile.
Match has appreciated the Bumbles efforts in bring more power to women in its apps well as offline, but it has also said that “The lawsuit is to stop Bumble and other apps to stop them from copying and misusing its inventories, patent design, trademarks and trade secrets”.
Whitney Wolfe who has filed a lawsuit against Tinder for verbal sexual harassment has earlier this year during the interview with Gayle King at SXSW, has said that “I actually don’t think about the Tinder anymore”.
According to the sources, the lawsuit against Bumble may be the part of the business deal which they were trying to buy them earlier this year.
Match official statement:
Match Group has invested significant resources and creative expertise in the development of our industry-leading suite of products. We are committed to protecting the intellectual property and proprietary data that defines our business. Accordingly, we are prepared when necessary to enforce our patents and other intellectual property rights against any operator in the dating space who infringes upon those rights.