There is more drama on the horizon for the Bumble and Tinder dating apps. The Match Group owns Tinder and is currently suing Whitney Wolfe’s Bumble for misuse of intellectual property and patent infringement. The suit filed by Tinder is alleging Bumble duplicated the card swipe based, world changing mutual opt. The lawsuit also accuses former Tinder employees Sarah Mick and Chris Gulczynski of duplicating elements of their design. According to Tinder there are two features released by Bumble that were developed under a confidentiality clause.
Whitney Wolfe is well known as an entrepreneur. She founded Bumble and co-founded Tinder. Bumble released in 2014 and has since launched BumbleBizz for establishing business contacts and BumbleBFF for finding friends. Forbes has released the value of Bumble as over $1 billion. Whitney Wolfe was declared as one of the Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech by Business Insider and one of the Women in Tech by Elle. She has also been featured on the covers of Wired UK, Fast Company and Forbes.
The situation is complicated because Whitney Wolfe co-founded Tinder. She left the company after filing charges of sexual harassment. The history is not preventing Match from attempting to purchase the hot Bumble. It is possible this lawsuit will force a deal of some sort. The majority owner of Bumble is Badoo. This is a dating business based in Moscow and London. This is not the first time one dating site has been sued by another.
Match issued a statement. They said they have made a significant investment in both creative expertise and resources to develop their suite of products leading the industry. They stated their commitment was in the protection of the proprietary data and intellectual property defining their business. They said when necessary they will enforce their rights regarding their intellectual property and patents against anyone in the dating app sector infringing on their rights.
There are some similarities between Bumble and Tinder. Both enable users to swipe to see limited information such as photographs, employer, school and age. Chat is only possible if both users opt in. The reputation for Tinder is for a hookup app. Whitney Wolfe has a completely different intention for Bumble because the conversation must be initiated by the woman. This is what sets the tone. Tinder does currently have ten times more monthly users than Bumble and during the last year has achieved seven times more downloads.