Austin, Texas, USA — For the second time in a month, a bank in the city of Austin has taken the city to court over its use of the word “Bank” on its website.
The Austin Financial Services Authority (AFSA) filed a lawsuit against Citi Online Bank, which the city sued in May.
In the suit, AFSA alleges that Citi’s use of a word that the city said was “unconstitutional” violated its trademark protection for “bank” in the name of its website, and violated trademark and copyright laws.
According to the lawsuit, AFsa claimed that CITIC Bank has a monopoly on the use of “bank.”
The complaint alleges that the bank violated the terms of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s registration of “Bank.”
AFSA contends that the word is “unlawful and deceptive.”
The complaint also alleged that CITS Bank, a subsidiary of Citi, did not register “bank,” and that Cits Bank has violated the Texas Trademark Act.
A spokesperson for AFSA told the Austin American-Statesman that Citics Bank is a non-bank entity and has no affiliation with AFSA.
The spokesperson also said that the agency has not received a complaint from CITICS Bank.