Timelines.com Trademark-Infringement Suit Vs. Facebook Set To Go To Trial April 22

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 Chicago Tribune reported the trial date for the faceoff between the Chicago-based online scrapbook company and the social network, saying that Timelines.com claims that it applied for its trademark in May 2008.

When it filed its lawsuit in September 2011, Timelines.com claimed that Facebook’s use of timeline to describe its new profile would cripple its business.

Facebook responded in a countersuit that the term is generic and, therefore, Timelines.com should not own its trademark.

Readers: How do you think this case will (finally) play out?

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