The social network, which was faces a jury trial, scheduled for April 22, over the mark.in September 2011 by Chicago company Timelines Inc. for infringement, now
U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah said today that Facebook was not able to invalidate Timelines' claim to the mark, Bloomberg reported. "At this stage in the proceedings, it is not unreasonable to conclude that as to this group of users, 'timeline(s)' has acquired a specific meaning associated with plaintiff," the judge wrote in the ruling.
Launched in 2009, Timelines.com is a Web site that lets users collaborate to document historical events. The company, which has 1,000 active users, is seeking damages equivalent to advertising revenue generated from Facebook's Timeline, Timelines attorney Douglas Albritton told Bloomberg.
When reached for a comment, a Facebook spokesperson declined to provide a statement on the legal matter.