Yesterday we reported that Match, the parent company of Tinder, was suing Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Specifically, Match alleged that Bumble "copied Tinder's world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise" for which a patent was filed in 2013 (before Bumble was founded) but just granted a few months ago. Today Bumble has responded to Match's lawsuit with a letter published on their own blog and other news outlets. The full letter is linked here and we'll also include it in full at the bottom of this post. Interestingly, Bumble's letter focuses less on the actual litigation and instead attempts to fill in readers about the context in which Match has decided to sue over this patent claim.
That's the message dating app Bumble has for its competitor Match Group after the latter filed a patent infringement lawsuit on Friday. Bumble, founded and led by former Tinder executive Whitney Wolfe Herd, took out a full page ad in Tuesday's edition of the New York Times to speak openly about its frustrations with Match Group, a company that has repeatedly tried to buy and copy Bumble. SEE ALSO: Tinder's owner couldn't buy Bumble, so now the company is suing instead "We are going to tell our full side of the story in court, and we feel confident in that," Herd told Mashable in an interview on Tuesday. Bumble and its executives could not comment directly on the intricacies of the lawsuit nor any pending offers with Match Group, but according to Herd, regardless of circumstances, Match Group simply wouldn't be a match. Match Group owns dating apps Match.com,
Match says its lawsuit is anything but baseless -- detailing, in hundreds of pages of court documents, numerous similarities between the two apps. In the process, Match has accused Bumble of "almost every type of [intellectual property] infringement you could think of," says Sarah Burstein, a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law whose research focuses on design patents. One of the central questions revolves around Tinder's patented system for connecting people over the Internet. The matching is based on mutual interest, as expressed through a swiping motion.
Bumble has filed a counter lawsuit against Tinder's parent company Match Group. The move comes in response to Match Group's lawsuit accusing Bumble of patent infringement, specifically with swipe-based matching (see patent) and undoing a "left" swipe. It may seem like a movie plot, but no, this is real life. We've entered the war of the dating apps. SEE ALSO: Bumble buys full-page ad to call out Match Group's'scare tactics' Match Group owns Tinder, along with Match.com,
Who owns Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com, and Plenty of Fish? If you said Match Group, Inc., you're correct and you should treat yourself to a cookie. After failing to buy Tinder/OkCupid/Match/PoF competitor Bumble last year for a reported $450 million, the parent company behind all of the aforementioned popular dating services is now suing the dating app for infringing on two of its patents. According to the lawsuit, Match Group is claiming Bumble, which was created by ex-Tinder executives, rips off Tinder almost in its entirety, with the exception of its "women-talk-first marketing strategy." Match Group alleges Bumble not only copied Tinder's now iconic swipe-based matching interface, but former employees Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick stole features for the dating app that were originally developed while they were at Tinder, such as the ability to undo an accidental wrong "swipe left" (rejection) on someone.