Monday, May 23, 2011

Facebook Sues Adult Networking Co. in Trademark Case

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Facebook founder ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeIn Facebook, Inc. v. Various, Inc. et al (Case No. 4:2011-cv-01805), filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, social networking giant Facebook sued an adult networking service for trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting.

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong will hear the case in which Facebook is alleging that Various, Inc., and subsidiaries, including Traffic Cat, Inc. and GMCI Internet Operations, Inc., are capitalizing on the plaintiff's brand with its Website.  Facebook claims the defendants' Website includes a blue "Like" button and a blue band at the top of each page, which creates confusion among site visitors and tarnishes Facebook's reputation, according to the Complaint.
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