Match Group Opens Intellectual Property Case Against Tantan


Match Group has reportedly opened another intellectual property lawsuit, this time targeting Chinese firm Tantan.

Tantan, recently acquired by dating and video streaming giant Momo, is often referred to as ‘Chinese Tinder’.

Law360 reports that the case is a “sweeping intellectual property lawsuit”, and describes Tinder as being on the intellectual property “Warpath”.

Little has been publicly disclosed about the case, other than that it is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Western District Court.

The case was assigned to Judge Robert Pitman on Tuesday.

It comes days after Match Group opened a similar case against Whitney Wolfe Herd’s Bumble.

Bumble posted an open letter in response to Match’s allegations, accusing them of bullying behaviour.

Match Group, Bumble argue, are seeking to force them into an acquisition.

The case against Tantan works to corroborate Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg’s position that her firm is simply protecting its intellectual property.

“I want to be clear about something: this is not about singling out any individual company,” Ginsberg wrote in an internal company memo. “This is about protecting the integrity of your work.”

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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