WIPR - Sep 27 - Match has asked a court to remove a state lawsuit filed by competitor Bumble against Match's brand Tinder, as the allegations in it should instead have been addressed by counterclaims in the parties' federal IP dispute. The dispute between the dating apps started in March, when Match filed a complaint for patent, trademark and trade dress infringement, and trade secrets violation. Its lawsuit accused Bumble of infringing IP relating to Tinder's look and functionality. Bumble subsequently filed complaints against Match in a Texas state court, alleging that Match Group tortuously interfered in attempts to sell Bumble. Match Group said that these claims should have been filed in federal court as counterclaims to the initial suit against Bumble, but Bumble instead sued Match in a Texas state court. Match asked the court to remove Bumble's state court action to enable all issues raised by both parties to be heard and adjudicated in one forum.
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