The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” does not apply in the world of applications, as the Rooms anonymous chatting app Facebook released last week raised the ire of the developers of Room, an iPhone app that debuted last month, as both apps allow users to create chat rooms and invite others to participate, without requiring real names.
Facebook’s tendency to brand its new applications and features with names that are already in use in the tech sector appears to have been adopted by its Instagram unit, as well, as Andrew Benton, co-founder and CEO of mobile voice app Bolt, penned a blog post in the form of a “Dear Instagram” letter to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network over its apparent plans to launch a photo-messaging app called Bolt.
Facebook reached a settlement with Timelines.com, which sued the social network over the naming of its profile page, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The two parties agreed to settle the case out of court, but financial information was not disclosed.
UPDATED: The trademark lawsuit against Facebook by Timelines.com over the social network’s use of the term “timeline” as the name of its profile design was set to kick off Monday in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, but Bloomberg reported Monday afternoon that proceedings would be delayed until Tuesday afternoon, or postponed until May 7 for a status conference. U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah offered no explanation for the delay, according to Bloomberg.
Not so fast, Facebook. The social network recently gave Timeline a face lift, but it will now have to defend in court whether or not it has the naming rights over its profile product. The company is battling a lawsuit from Timelines.com., and U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah ruled recently that Facebook has not demonstrated that “timeline” is a generic enough term to own exclusively.
A trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by Timelines.com against Facebook in September 2011 over the social network’s use of the word “timeline” in naming its then-new profile redesign is finally set to go to trial April 22.
The trademark suit filed by Timelines.com against Facebook, and the countersuit by the social network, are scheduled to go to trial sometime in 2013, but the two sides are still talking.
Today’s domain-name mystery involves a series of URLs based on “timelinemoviemaker.”
Facebook is looking to land a counterpunch against Timelines.com, responding to the digital scrapbooking company’s claim that it owns the trademark to the word “timeline” by filing a countersuit and seeking to strip the trademark on the grounds that the word is generic.
The trademark lawsuit filed by Timelines.com to block Facebook’s use of the term “timeline” is experiencing a delay, making the official rollout of the advanced profile before year end unlikely.