Friday June 10, 2016

Citigroup Sues AT&T Over The Word 'Thanks'

Citigroup has filed a lawsuit against AT&T for trademark infringement. What trademark has been infringed upon you might ask? The use of the word "thanks" seems to be the reason for the lawsuit between the telecom giants. How can that be? Well, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Citigroup a trademark for "thankyou" back in 2010, which is pretty ridiculous when you think about it. I would sarcastically say "thanks a lot USPTO" but I'm afraid of being sued. big grin

Citigroup Inc (C.N) sued AT&T Inc (T.N) on Friday, saying the phone company's use of "thanks" and "AT&T thanks" in a new customer loyalty program infringed its trademark rights to the phrase "thankyou." The lawsuit may threaten the business relationship between two of the largest U.S. companies, which Citigroup said dates to at least 1998 when they launched the AT&T Universal Card.