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Occasionally, someone says thanks for blogging something or other — not often mind you.  But, this will warn you about the civil penalties associated with such kindness.

Citigroup has a trademark on “THANKYOU” and is currently using it to sue ATT for using “Thanks.” Ars Technica reports: “Who knew? Banking giant Citigroup has trademarked ‘THANKYOU’ and is now suing technology giant ATT for how it says thanks to its own loyal customers. This is ‘unlawful conduct’ amounting to wanton trademark infringement, Citigroup claims in its federal lawsuit.” Citigroup doesn’t appear to be gracious in its branding: Despite actual knowledge of Citigroup’s substantial use of and exclusive rights in the THANKYOU Marks, Citigroup’s use of the marks in connection with ATT co-branded credit cards, and Citigroup’s concerns regarding ATT’s proposed trademarks, ATT launched a customer loyalty program under the trademarks “thanks” and “ATT thanks” on or about June 2, 2016. ATT’s use of the “thanks” and “ATT thanks” trademarks is likely to cause consumer confusion and constitutes trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and unfair competition in violation of Citigroup’s rights. Citigroup therefore seeks to enjoin ATT’s infringing conduct and to recover damages based on the injury ATT’s conduct has caused to Citigroup as well as ATT’s unjust enrichment. In April, ATT applied to trademark “ATT THANKS.” Citigroup wants that trademark to be rejected because it thinks that proposed trademark is “confusingly similar to Citigroup’s “THANKYOU Marks,” according to its lawsuit.

The world just gets sillier and sillier.  Thank Show appreciation to your government for this extension to trademark law.

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  1. June 24th, 2016 at 07:49 | #1

    I wish it went to trial and I was on the jury. Verdict? Case dismissed and huge financial penalty for nuisance litigation, so there!

  2. The Neophyte
    July 1st, 2016 at 07:04 | #2

    What retard allowed Citigroup to trademark THANKYOU? As if the word hasn’t been in use for hundreds of years. The fact they run it all into one word makes no difference to me. Does this mean every email where I thank someone I have to put one of those trademark symbols next to it? I expect this kind of thing from Bank of America, they are constantly proving to me what kind of greedy grasping jackasses they are. Apparently Citigroup just wants to keep up with the Joneses. So they sue AT&T and the only people who win are the lawyers. We should have never bailed them out. Obviously people who run a huge bank and manage to lose tons of money by giving home loans to people with NO MEANS TO PAY cannot be expected to make rational decisions about anything else either.

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