Muslim marriage app Muzmatch has lost the right to use its name after a trademark dispute with US dating giant Match Group, which owns Match.com, Hinge and Tinder after Judge Nicholas Caddick sitting in The UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court on Wednesday ruled that Muzmatch took an “unfair advantage” over the association of the word “match” which could lead consumers to believe the two companies were connected.
Muzmatch said it does not have an alternative name and plans to appeal against the decision, arguing that the word “match” is a descriptive English term for matchmaking.
A Match spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the court recognised what we have known to be true: that Muzmatch has unfairly benefited from Match Group’s reputation and investment in its brand and was riding Match Group’s coattails for undeserved gain in this highly competitive market”.
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