Salt Lake Comic Con claims that “comic con” is generic, used by hundreds of events since the 1960s. San Diego Comic-Con International obtained trademarks by fraud.
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Salt Lake Comic Con founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg were scheduled for depositions and a settlement conference with the United States District Court Judge Jan Adler in San Diego on June 15, 2017. It was hoped the conference would bring a reasonable settlement in the ongoing legal battle with San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) and Salt Lake Comic Con’s (SLCC) right to call itself a “comic con.” Those depositions did take place but the meeting with the judge was cancelled. The case took another step backwards as legal briefs were filed indicating that the two sides are still at an impasse and a settlement has not been reached.
Nearly three years ago, during their convention in San Diego, SDCC served SLCC with a cease and desist (https://goo.gl/K8N3nZ) letter trying to prevent them from using the term “comic con.” When Salt Lake refused the demands, lawyers from San Diego filed a lawsuit (https://goo.gl/9LzuRh) that seeks to prevent SLCC from using the term “comic con” specifically for any event, logo, trademark or website moving forward and further claimed ownership of all variations of the generic term “comic con,” in spite of ubiquitous and unpoliced use by hundreds of comic cons around the country and the world over the last 50 years.
“First and foremost, we respect San Diego Comic-Con International and their contribution to the industry,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “We remain hopeful that a settlement may still be reached, or that a preliminary judgment will be made in the favor of comic con fans and comic con promoters around the world. Otherwise, we feel confident we will win at trial. When the lawsuit was filed, we said we were committed and prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our right and the right of many other promoters to host a comic con event. We feel that we’re successfully achieving those objectives for us and our many colleagues in the comic con industry.” (…)