Facebook Tries To Quash 'Timeline' Trademark Suit

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 3:39 PM EST) -- Facebook Inc. fired back Tuesday at Timelines Inc.'s claims that the social networking giant's recently announced Timeline feature infringes its Timelines.com website, telling an Illinois federal court that the term is too generic to be protectable.

In its counterclaim, Facebook said Timelines' trademarks were merely descriptive of the company's interactive chronology website and that Facebook should therefore be allowed to go ahead with its own similarly named project.

“The term 'timelines' is merely descriptive of, or generic for, the services offered by plaintiff and thus plaintiff’s...
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