By Yang Yu – Edited by Zainab Hashmi
Jury test Demanded, Plaintiff Match Group, LLC’s Original Complaint, Match Group, LLC v. Bumble Trading Inc., No. 6:18-cv-00080 (W.D. Tex, Mar. 16, 2018), hosted by Scribd.
On March 16, 2018, Match Group, an on-line relationship business that has Tinder, sued another dating application, Bumble Trading Inc., started by three ex-Tinder professionals, in the us District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, alleging eight factors that cause action that included energy patent infringement, design patent infringement, and trademark infringement.
Into the problem, Match Group dedicated to the “swipe left” and “swipe right” options that come with Tinder, that have been provided a computer program patent and design patent pertaining to the usage this dating application.
Match reported, through the use of the same “swipe” feature and copying the “world-changing, card swipe-based, shared opt-in premise, ” Bumble infringed Tinder’s patents and trademark. Match/Tinder happens to be granted a computer program patent with U.S. Patent No. 9,733,811 because of its “Matching Process System and Method” and a Registered Trademark No. 4,465,926 for the “swipe” features. Within the grievance, Match Group additionally stated that Bumble had copied Tinder’s interface, talk screen, as well as other features. Because of this, Match Group desired for injunction restraining Bumble from breaking its patent liberties as well as other legal rights under Lanham Act and typical legislation unjust competition. Also, since Bumble was created by ex-Tinder’s co-founders, Match Group additionally reported which they took information that is“confidential to proposed Tinder features, ” an attribute that enables users to undo swipes, and for that reason sought for an injunction restraining Bumble from misappropriation of Match/Tinder’s trade secrets.