Remember when Facebook revamped its profile pages and started using the word “timeline”? That might seem a lifetime ago, but it was 2011. That’s when Timelines, Inc., owner of a website that creates mostly historical timelines, sued Facebook fearing that users would think that Timelines.com was somehow associated with Facebook.
Timelines, Inc.’s website says it’s “the first web site that enables people like you to collaboratively record, discover and share history. It’s history recorded by the people, for the people.” The company owns registered trademarks for “Timelines” and “Timelines.com,” along with a “Timelines” design mark.
Now it’s been reported that the two-year trademark battle between Facebook and Timelines, Inc. has ended in a settlement. Facebook revealed the existence of the agreement in its 10-Q quarterly report, noting that the cost of the settlement “was not material to our business, financial condition, or results of operations.” The company is now free to continue to use the term “timeline.”
And, in other Facebook-related trademark news, a California court ruled in Facebook’s favor in its case against several “typosquatters.” Typosquatters buy domain names that resemble another website’s name in hopes that people will misspell a word and accidentally end up visiting their website, à la “dacebook” or “gacebook.” This isn’t the first time Facebook has gone after typosquatters, but it is the first time the court awarded liability damages. Facebook was awarded about $2.8 million in damages and more than 100 domains were turned over to the social networking company. You can read the full court ruling here.
What’s the most unusual typosquatter domain you’ve run into?