Citigroup Is Suing AT&T For Using the Word 'Thanks' Because Citi Trademarked It

Robert Flowers

The logo for AT s new loyalty program AT Thanks

Back in 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Citigroup a patent for thankyou, which the company uses for credit card services.

Today the company is suing AT over its own use of the terms thanks and thanks AT Check the date, because this isn t April Fool s.

Earlier this month AT announced a new rewards program called Thanks AT which provides customers things like 2-for-1 movie tickets.

This didn t go over well with Citi s lawyers since Citi has its own rewards program called ThankYou Citi.

As further evidence that our intellectual property laws are one giant joke, not only did the Trademark Office give Citi an exclusive commercial right to use one of the most common phrases in the English language for credit cards, now Citi thinks that it can go after another company for using the phrase in a similar way.

The suit seeks to stop AT from using the term thanks AT and thanks in their marketing.

If you still can t believe that Citigroup was granted a trademark for Thankyou I couldn t either , I ve included a screenshot from the US Patent and Trademark Office below.

Robert Flowers
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