The US courting big behind Tinder and OkCupid has received a courtroom battle with a British courting app for Muslims after accusing it of copying its product and companies.

Muzmatch, the world’s largest Muslim courting and marriage app, might lose the correct to make use of its identify following the authorized battle with Match Group, which additionally owns Hinge and Match.com.

The UK mental property and enterprise courtroom dominated that Muzmatch had infringed the trademark of Match Group, which claims to have “pioneered the idea of on-line courting” greater than 20 years in the past.

In his judgment, the deputy excessive courtroom choose Nicholas Caddick QC said that this “would have led some shoppers to imagine that the products and companies provided by Muzmatch have been by some means linked with or derived from Match”.

The US conglomerate, which has a market capitalisation of about $37bn, accused Muzmatch of “piggybacking on established courting manufacturers” to enhance its success.

It argued that Muzmatch, which has 6 million customers worldwide, used “match” and “Tinder” in its web site metadata to drive web site visitors to the platform.

In line with the American firm, the British agency additionally used key phrase tags together with “match-muslim” and “uk-muslim-match”, which it claimed have been an try to “experience on the coattails” of Match’s registered emblems.

A Match Group spokesperson mentioned: “We’re happy that the courtroom recognised what we’ve identified to be true: that Muzmatch has unfairly benefited from Match Group’s fame and funding in its model and was using Match Group’s coattails for undeserved achieve on this extremely aggressive market. We’ve, and can at all times shield the work, creativity and improvements of our workers, and are grateful that the courtroom recognised this and dominated accordingly.”

Muzmatch’s chief govt, Shahzad Younas, mentioned he would enchantment in opposition to the judgment however vowed to proceed the platform, even when it meant rebranding.

Younas, 37, a former Morgan Stanley banker who launched Muzmatch in 2011 with the goal of offering a protected surroundings for single Muslims to fulfill on-line, added that he had spent $1m combating Match Group in courtroom within the UK and the US.

He added: “The variety of Muslims in the neighborhood, Muslim organisations, and people, companies, and so on, who’ve mentioned: ‘I’m so glad that you simply’re combating this and also you didn’t again down’ … For them, there was a precept at stake. Of their eyes, and we’ve heard this from clients as nicely, it’s so vital {that a} Muslim-led startup creates merchandise for the group.”

In its defence, Muzmatch mentioned it had chosen the Muzmatch mark as a play on “Muslim” and “match”. The corporate argued that its web site and app clearly said that it offered matchmaking and introduction companies for Muslims who have been on the lookout for marriage, in accordance with Islamic values.

Match Group wrote to Muzmatch in 2016 alleging acts of trademark infringement and a 12 months later it tried to amass the corporate. In whole, 4 affords to amass the enterprise have been made, together with one for $35m, in response to Muzmatch, which rejected them. Match mentioned it was approached by Younas for acquisition talks.

Match Group subsequently purchased Harmonica, an Egyptian Muslim matchmaking app, which it renamed Hawaya.

Match has beforehand been concerned in authorized disputes with the founders of rival Bumble and Tinder.