Massachusetts business owners may be interested in the outcome of a recent trademark infringement case involving Facebook. According to Facebook's latest SEC filing, the social-networking company has settled a case with a Chicago-based company Timelines, Inc. over Facebook's use of the word "timeline" to describe its historical archive. Timelines was founded by former ShopLocal executives to be a photo-centric website.
The founders of Timelines trademarked the term before Facebook started to use it. After Facebook introduced the singular version of the term, Timelines offered to sell itself or the trademark to Facebook. After Facebook declined the offer, Timelines initiated business litigation. In April, Facebook unsuccessfully filed a motion for summary judgement to have the case dismissed.