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Facebook "timeline" lawsuit settled

Posted at: 05/10/2013 6:49 AM
By: Associated Press

There has been a settlement of a lawsuit against Facebook.

A company called Timelines Incorporated claims the social networking site violated its trademark of the word "timeline." Word of the agreement is in a filing this week in a federal court in Chicago. No details were disclosed.

Timelines was launched in 2009, two years before Facebook released its timeline feature. Facebook had asked a judge to dismiss the suit, claiming the word "timeline" was too generic to be trademark. But the judge disagreed, noting Facebook has sought legal protection of words it has trademarked like "poke" and "like."