Judge Tells Citi To Sit Down And Shut Up

Go home, Citi.
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Remember, back in June, when Citigroup went to war with AT&T over the latter's use of the word "thanks"? Because someone at the bank thought that it was trademark infringement of Citi's totally unique "thanks"? And hilariously demanded "a halt to any infringements, triple and punitive damages and other remedies"? And claimed that would-be and existing customers were so stupid that they'd accidentally enroll with AT&T when they meant to sign up with Citi? A judge has ruled that definitely someone stupid here, but it's not the customers...

US District Judge Katherine Forrest acknowledged “thankyou” and “AT&T thanks” both “share five central letters, are partially pronounced similarly and both convey a message of gratitude.” But her decision gave even more credence to the fact that the two companies sharing those letters are in different businesses — banking and credit cards versus telecommunications services...the court dismissed confusion there on grounds that consumers savvy enough to enroll in loyalty programs would “clearly take into account the attributes associated with the products they purchase.”

AT&T beats Citi challenge over saying ‘thanks’ to customers [NYP]

Earlier: Citigroup Goes To War With AT&T Over The Word “Thanks”

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