Tinder takes swipe at Bumble for alleged patent infringement

Tinder takes swipe at Bumble for alleged patent infringement

In a lawsuit filed in Texas, Match says that it invented the phrases "swipe left" and "swipe right" when it comes to dating apps, and accuses Bumble of infringing on its property by using them.

Match Group, the online dating company that owns services like Tinder and Match.com, wants to buy Bumble, another popular dating app that lets women make the first move. One source tells Recode that Match is still interested in acquiring Bumble, which means this lawsuit may very well be a bargaining chip - albeit an unfriendly one.

In accordance with the suit, the Match Group is accusing Bumble of breaching on its two patents, encompassing a blueprint patent for the now-famous swipe-to-connect feature of Tinder.

A Match Group representative gave a statement to Recode regarding the lawsuit, saying the company has "invested significant resources and creative expertise in the development" and was forced to take action.

We've asked Bumble if it can comment on the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that at the time of Mick and Gulcznski's departure, the two knew about the "Undo" feature that Tinder would be rolling on in an update in the near future and copied it with Bumble "Backtrack" feature, which allows users to redo a swipe if they accidentally swiped the wrong way.

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Kang said a channel of communication has been established, adding, "I'm sure there are back and forth messages". The talks are expected to range from denuclearization to the potential U.S.

But Match, Tinder and Bumble have a long and interesting history.

Late previous year Match Group offered Bumble $450 million to acquire it. The simplest way to get rid of a patent infringement suit is to join the company that is the owner of the patent.

Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd, a former employee at Tinder, who later recruited the dating app's rising stars Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick.

She ultimately settled the suit for "approximately $1 million", according to Forbes. Bumble has more than 22 million users and was on pace for more than $100 million in revenue in 2017, according to Forbes. There's no easy solution, and Bumble may have to compromise on some level (whether independence or cash) to remain a fixture in the dating app scene.

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