Court documents show that Match Group accuses former senior executives of utilizing tech that they "learned of and developed confidentially while at Tinder" and applying it over at Bumble.
"This case is not about feminism or a business marketed based on feminist themes; Match applauds Bumble's efforts at empowering women, both in its app and offline, and Match cares deeply both about its women users and about women's issues generally".
Match Group's lawsuit against Bumble must be considered in the context of any acquisition talks between the companies.
Match Group has invested significant resources and creative expertise in the development of our industry-leading suite of products.
If true, it's certainly an unconventional way to encourage Bumble to join the Match Group portfolio.
"We are committed to protecting the intellectual property and proprietary data that defines our business", Match Group added.
Like Tinder, Bumble is a dating app with the unique feature that the woman need to send the first message for a match to exist. Accordingly, we are prepared when necessary to enforce our patents and other intellectual property rights against any operator in the dating space who infringes upon those rights.
Bumble did not immediately responded to PCMag's requests for comment.
But Match, Tinder and Bumble have a long and interesting history. At the same time, it's evident that Match could make life miserable for Bumble if it insists on remaining independent.
The '811 patent "revolutionises the world of online dating" through its interface technology and "copycat" Bumble infringes the patent through its system for matching, the complaint said.
An essential detail to point out in this report is that Bumble was actually created by two of the people who founded Tinder, Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick, Recode notes. CNBC reported in January that Badoo had hired JP Morgan to help it find a potential buyer for the whole company.