Particular aspects of a product or service can mean the difference between success and failure in many endeavors. Often, individuals and groups work hard to determine exactly what they need in order to reach their goals. Unfortunately, some similar services may attempt to infringe on the intellectual property of a company in hopes of garnering the same success.
When such infringement or theft takes place, companies in Texas and across the country may need to take legal action in order to protect their property, services and business overall. It was recently reported that Match Group, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against competitor Bumble for such infringement. Match Group owns and operates several dating apps and websites, including Tinder and OkCupid. Bumble itself is also such an app. However, Match Group claims that Bumble has directly taken aspects of its apps.
In particular, Match Group claims that Bumble has infringed upon two patents that the company holds. The first involves the infamous matching system on Tinder, which allows users to swipe right or swipe left in order to show interest or disinterest in another user. Additionally, Bumble uses a feature also available on Tinder that allows users to undo an accidental rejection of another user. It was noted that Bumble was created by individuals who formerly worked for Tinder.
Match Group Inc. indicated that they hope the lawsuit will help them protect their intellectual property. If Texas business owners feel that they are facing problems with this type of issue, they may also wonder what actions they could take to protect their property. Consulting with their legal counsel may allow them to gain useful information relating to this topic.
Source: mashable.com, “Tinder’s parent company sues Bumble for patent infringement“, Raymond Wong, March 17, 2018