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San Diego Comic-Con International vs. All the Comic Cons

San Diego Comic-Con Intl vs. Salt Lake Comic Con Letter

San Diego Comic-Con Intl vs. Salt Lake Comic Con Letter

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con

Brief Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. San Diego Comic-Con Sues Salt Lake Comic Con
  3. News Coverage
  4. San Diego Comic-Con International’s Lawyer Letter
  5. Salt Lake Comic Con’s Legal Summary
  6. San Diego Comic-Con’s Mission Statement
  7. Other Relevant Information
  8. Comic Con origins
  9. Multiple Comic Cons Existed before Comic-Con Trademark Granted in 2005
  10. Comic Con is generic
  11. Trademark Research
  12. CCI vs. Comic Con World

Introduction

San Diego Comic-Con International has filed a lawsuit against us. We will win this. Please check the details below.

comic-con-1968Our position is that the phrases “comic con,” “comicon” and even “comic-con” are generic and are abbreviations for the term “comic convention.” This has been a common expression since 1964, six years before San Diego Comic-Con even existed. When used with another set of words such as “Salt Lake,” “Big Apple,” Chicago” or “New York,” they become a name that has protection and exclusivity.

There are over a hundred “comic con” companies that freely use a variation of “comic con” in their name and have done so long before San Diego Comic-Con International was granted a trademark for “Comic-Con” in 2005. The validity of this trademark has been questioned by lawyers and was never intended to be a far-reaching, exclusive trademark for any related “comic con” name.

This will not affect the 2nd Annual Salt Lake Comic Con taking place on September 4-6, 2014. We have been assured that we have the right to the name “Salt Lake Comic Con” and we have filed for a trademark. We have the financial resources and legal position to successfully defend ourselves. Our hope is to resolve this amicably with CCI, but under no circumstances are we prepared to meet the demands they have made.

 


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San Diego Comic-Con International vs. All Comic Cons News Coverage

Associated Press Story

AP has written a story on the situation and has been broadcast to it’s worldwide network  - This story reached over 59,000 news sites in the AP network

Associated Press does second story – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SUES UTAH CONVENTION OVER NAME – Associated Press The Big Story (120,000 News Outlets Pickup Story)

 

Other news

September 6, 2014

Stan Lee declares Salt Lake Comic Con as “the greatest comic con in the world.”

September 2, 2014

One Comic Con to rule them all – The Signpost (Weber State University)

August 29, 2014

San Diego Comic Con files lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con – ThumbDestruction.com

August 28, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con vows to fight legal attack on show name – Trade Show Executive

August 26, 2014

Six Years and $10 Million Gone, the Convention Center Expansion Is Dead – Voice of San Diego

Wizard World Comic-Con Merchandise

Wizard World Comic-Con Merchandise

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Photos–Part 1 - ICV2

August 24, 2014

Salt Lake City emerging as go-to destination for geeks – Deseret News

Geeks and nerds seeing Salt Lake City a go-to destination - KSL.com

August 23, 2014

Some Thoughts on the Comic Con Trademark Kerfluffle – Comics Worth Reading

August 22, 2014

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON ASSERTS ITS TRADEMARK RIGHTS OVER SALT LAKE CITY - Legally Sound Smart Business

Business Dispute: San Diego Comic Con Sues Salt Lake City Comic Con – Coulter Law Group Blog

August 21, 2014

News Roundup – Salt Lake Tribune

August 20, 2014

San Diego Comic Com (sic) and Salt Lake Comic Con Fight Legal War – Empty Lighthouse Magazine

Salt Lake hires California attorney to fight San Diego Comic-Con lawsuit - Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – CNBC

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – TheStreet.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – UtahPulse.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – The Sacramento Bee

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – KCEN (Texas)

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – KSWT (Arizona)

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – Ulitzer.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – KMPH (Fresno, CA)

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – iStockAnalyst.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – WCSC (South Carolina)

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – StreetInsider.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – Digital Journal

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – PR Newswire

Salt Lake Comic Con Hires Maschoff Brennan For Fight With San Diego Comic-Con International – Yahoo! Finance

August 19, 2014

Gutter Presents: Scenes That Have Never Happened – The Gutters (Caution: Comic Con cartoon may offend)

BATTLE OF THE COMIC CONS – Black & Associates (Chartered Patent Attorneys – UK)

August 18, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con Files Trademark Suit Against Utah Convention – Insurance Journal

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SUES SALT LAKE COMIC CON OVER NAME - Random Musings Blog

Comic-Con v. Comic Con: San Diego and Salt Lake City Prepare for Battle – Antonine Law, Blog

August 17, 2014

Comic-Con lawsuit no worry for local organisers – OnZ News (Middle East)

San Diego Comic-Con files lawsuit against growing SL convention – Cliff Jordan Films

August 15, 2014

My view: A comic controversy in Salt Lake? Not really – Deseret News: Op Ed

Does SDCC have a case against Salt Lake Comic Con? - Comic Book Resources

Organizers of San Diego Comic-Con are suing Salt Lake Comic Con – The Mary Sue

August 14, 2014

Do You Have a Brand to Protect? Lessons from San Diego Comic-Con vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Callister Nebeker & McCullough Newsroom Blog

Salt Lake Feels the Wrath of San Diego Comic Con - Pirated Thoughts – The Not So Boring Parts of Intellectual Property Law

August 13, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con to fight San Diego suit – The Davis Clipper

SDCC SUES SALT LAKE CITY COMIC CON – Bubble Blabber

August 12, 2014

San Diego Comic Con Sues Salt Lake Convention - GeekChicElite.com

Will the Real Comic-Con Please Stand Up? San Diego Comic-con Exerts Trademark Registration against Salt Lake Comic Con – TrademarkAccess.com

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Local Utah Con over Copyright – GeekInsider.com

Legal Battle Escalates: SDCC v. SLCC – Krypton Radio (LegalAdvice.com weighs in on the IP discussion)

WHEN CON SUES CON - ComicBookResources.com

Comic-Con International’s organizers have filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con – ComicsAlliance.com

The Comic-Con vs. Comic Con battle is heating up in court - Voice Of San Diego

San Diego Comic-Con sues Salt Lake Comic Con – BanalLeakage.com

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Salt Lake Comic Con Over Trademark – ICV2.com

San Diego Comic-Con officially files lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con - Courts.US

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Salt Lake Comic Con – GamersCircle.com

August 11, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con sues Utah convention over ‘confusing’ name – The Christian Science Monitor – Business Page

San Diego Comic-Con, Salt Lake Comic Con in Lawsuit Over Name – NewsMax.com (Highly Cited)

SALT LAKE COMIC CON FOUNDERS FIGHT BACK – Indiscapes.info

San Diego Comic-Con Files Trademark Suit Against Utah Convention – Insurance Industry News

San Diego Comic-Con Files Trademark Suit Against Utah Convention – InsuranceJournal.com

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Salt Lake Comic Con - Drudge Report

Salt Lake Comic Con founders fight back – InsideCounsel.com

San Diego Comic-Con Suing Salt Lake Comic-Con For Trademark Infringement - UInterview.com

San Diego’s comic con sues S.L.’s  – TMCnet.com

San Diego Comic-Con Now Suing Salt Lake Comic Con Over “Comic Con” Name – The Outhousers

SDCC sues Salt Lake convention over “Comic Con” name – Comic Book Resources

Salt Lake Comic Con says it’s keeping its name  – SuperCelebrities.com

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Utah Convention Over Name – Arrington Law

August 10, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Utah Convention Over Name – HollywoodReport.com Home page via Associated Press

San Diego, part 2: Oh, Dear Lord…. - Mark W. Woodring, the Bruce Campbell of the written word.

Comic-Con lawsuit no worry for local organisers – Zawya.com

San Diego Comic-Con is going ahead and suing Salt Lake Comic Con after the refusal of the cease and desist – Beyond The Routine

Comic-Con lawsuit no worry for local organisers – GulfNews.com (Leading English Media outlet in the Arabian Gulf)

Update on SDCC-Salt Lake lawsuit – ComicConGuide.com *Journalism at its best

San Diego Comic-Con Files Lawsuit Over Name; Says Utah Convention Will Confuse  – Inquisitr.com

San Diego Comic-Con sueing Salt Lake Comic-Con for using Comic-Con – DayOnePatch.com

#SDCC – San Diego Comic Con Is Suing Salt Lake Comic Con Over The Use Of ‘Comic Con’ – #ComicCon – Rama’s Screen

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Utah Convention Over Name – IMDB.com

August 9, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con sues Utah convention over name – Huffington Post

BC-UT — Utah News Coverage Advisory, UT – ReadingEagle.com

San Diego Comic-Con suing Salt Lake Comic Con over name – ABC 10 News (San Diego)

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SUES UTAH CONVENTION OVER NAME – Associated Press The Big Story (120,000 News Outlets Pickup Story)

San Diego Comic-Con Files Lawsuit Against Salt Lake Comic Con – FanBoyNation.com

On The Event Horizon: SLCC’s Dan Farr – Krypton Radio Podcast

San Diego Comic-Con sues Utah convention over name – DailyHerald.com

San Diego Comic-Con sues Salt Lake City comic-book convention over its similar name – Minneapolis Star Tribune

San Diego Comic-Con files lawsuit against Salt Lake City Comic-Con - KUSI San Diego

San Diego Comic-Con sues Utah convention over name – Idaho Statesman

August 8, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con files lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con – Big Shiny Robot

San Diego Comic-Con Sues Salt Lake Comic Con for Trademark Infringement – BroadwayWorld.Com

LAWSUIT LANDS OVER COMIC CON NAME - Celebrender.com

San Diego Comic Con suing Salt Lake Comic Con – ABC4.com

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON STRIKES BACK: LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GROWING S.L. CONVENTION – UtahGateway.com

San Diego Comic-Con files lawsuit against growing S.L. convention – KSL.com

Oh, Hyphen Man, where are you? 10 Comic-Con, and Utah’s Comic Con slug it out – San Diego Reader

Comic-Con sues Comic Con over name - San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Comic-Con strikes back: Lawsuit filed against growing S.L. convention – Deseret News

San Diego Comic-Con sues Salt Lake Comic Con over the words ‘Comic Con’ – FOX 13 Salt Lake City

San Diego Comic-Con sues Salt Lake over name – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City Comic Con To San Diego Comic Con: Go To Hell – MediaConnection.com Home page

The 5 intellectual property stories you need to know right now (page 6) - InsideCounsel.com Home page

August 7, 2014

Salt Lake peita San Diego na briga pelo nome Comic Con (in Portuguese) – Judao.com.br (Brazil)

Utah’s Comic Con Won’t Accede to Comic-Con Trademark Demands – Bloomberg Businessweek

Salt Lake rebukes San Diego Comic-Con – Dungeon Crawlers Radio

Salt Lake Comic Con Says it’s Keeping its Name – ABC4 News

Salt Lake Comic Con is Keeping its Name - One News Page

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – DarlingDork.com Home page

August 6, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – Wave3.com (Kentucky)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – counton2.com (South Carolina)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – FOX5Vegas.com (Las Vegas)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – SiouxlandNews.com

Salt Lake Comic Con responds to SDCC’s demands (+ video of entire press conference) – Mormon Geeks

Salt Lake Comic Con 2014: You can’t stop the signal – Examiner.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – UtahPulse.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – The Fanboy Factor

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – San Diego 100.7 Jack FM

SLC organizers not swayed in ‘comic con’ battle; lawsuit possible – KSL Television

I Left My Heart in San Diego
Comic-Con highlights prove it’s still worth attending – City Weekly

Bazinga! Salt Lake thumbs nose at San Diego in ‘Comic Con’ staredown - Daily Herald

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to San Diego Comic-Con International – Fox 8 New Orleans

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – Ulitzer.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – KATV.com (Arkansas)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to SDCC’s Cease & Desist – BroadwayWorld.com

Salt Lake Comic Con: San Diego Comic-Con International can’t stop us – ETurboNews.com

Salt Lake Comic Con’s Convention Will Go On (+ video) – KUTV.com (Salt Lake City)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – KMPH-KFRE.com (California)

Salt Lake Comic Con organizers say no to San Diego Comic-Con’s demands – The Davis Clipper

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – Sys-Con Media

Intro to Salt Lake Comic Con presser (video) – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – KSWT.com (Arizona)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – StreetInsider.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – The Sacramento Bee

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – Ad-Hoc-News.de (Germany)

Trademark Watch: Trump Wants Out, Google Gets Glass and Pink Goes Black – BrandChannel.com

Salt Lake City won’t back down from using “Comic Con” – FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – FinanzNachrichten.de (Germany)

Lawsuit possible in Salt Lake Comic Con name battle – Deseret News

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – Yahoo! Finance

Salt Lake formally rebukes San Diego Comic-Con – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds to Comic-Con International – PR Newswire

August 5, 2014

SLCC Punk: San Diego Tries to Muscle Rights to ‘Comic Con’ – Internet Tax Lawyers “San Diego Comic-Con has lost in previous attempts to enforce its hyphenated “Comic-Con” trademark against the multitude of other comic events using the hyphen-free “Comic Con” in their names.”

August 4, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con claims Salt Lake convention is infringing on its IP by using ‘Comic Con’ term – Legal Newsline Legal Journal

SLC’s Comic Con Gets Cease-and-Desist From the Original Nerds – FindLaw.com – “SDCC’s Kryptonite…SDCC might have met its match”

San Diego Comic-Con claims Salt Lake convention is infringing on its IP by using ‘Comic Con’ term – Washington Examiner

July 31, 2014

SDCC’14: Top 10 Stories from Comic-Con 2014 MajorSpoilers.com

Sean P. Means: In battle of comic cons, Salt Lake is already winning - Salt Lake Tribune “Whatever happens in the legal sphere, Salt Lake Comic Con has already won in the court of public opinion…”

Comic-Con vs. Comic Con: the Age of Trademark Infringement – Mondaq.com

the fight that’s brewing between SDCC and Salt Lake Comic Con (and by extension, every other Comic Con on the planet) (podcast) – SciFiME.com

Now that San Diego Comic Con is over, you can now prepare for Salt Lake Comic Con (video) – NG4.com

Now that San Diego Comic Con is over, you can now prepare for Salt Lake Comic Con (video + blog) – TheGameFanatics.com

Legally Strange – Salt Lake Comic Con Threatened with Cease-and-Desist Accurate Court Reporting Inc.

Is My Geek Showing?: Salt Lake Comic Con is ruffling feathers St. George Spectrum

July 30, 2014

Dan Farr stops by Radio From Hell to discuss Comic Con name controversy (videos) – X96 (Salt Lake City)

Salt Lake Comic Con(tention): 8 potential new names for Salt Lake Comic Con – Salt Lake City Weekly

Comic-Con Organizers Tell Utah’s Comic Con to Quit Using Name Bloomberg.com

Salt Lake’s ‘Comic Con’ in Feud with San Diego’s Convention – MidUtahRadio.com

Comic-Con vs. Comic Con: the Age of Trademark Infringement – Trademarkologist.com

CCI vs. SLCC – Friends of Comic-Con

Comic-Con has a staunch defender in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman – The American Lawyer

July 29, 2014

Why you should consider Salt Lake Comic Con – (Unofficial) San Diego Comic-Con Guide

Comic-Con San Diego organizers demand Salt Lake Comic Con to change its name – StarMedia.us

Trib Talk: Battle of the Comic Cons? (video) – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Comic Con: Facing Down The 800-Pound Gorilla – Forbes.com

San Diego and Salt Lake in ‘Comic Con’ battle – World Intellectual Property Review

What’s in a Name? San Diego Comic-Con Issues Cease-And-Desist Order to Salt Lake Comic Con – KCPW Radio

Apparently, even comic book conventions can’t get along DAVID CHRISTOPHER BAKER, Esq. | Intellectual Property Law

SL organizers ready to fight for ‘Comic Con’ name – KSL.com

Despite SDCC threat, Salt Lake Comic Con still on schedule – Davis Clipper Lead Story Home page

SDCC 2014: SDCC SENDS A CEASE AND DECIST TO SLCC – Graphic Policy Lead Article Home page

Manu Bennett Comic Car 2014

July 28, 2014

Con-fusion: What’s in a Name — or a Hyphen
San Diego Comic-Con Challenges Salt Lake Comic Con’s Right to “Comic Con – University of Pennsylvania – Wharton

Comic-Con International: San Diego Vs. Salt Lake Comic Con Comic Frontline

Cease and desist, San Diego Comic-Con tells Salt Lake Comic Con | KSL.com Reddit.com

Organizers of two of the biggest comic-book conventions in the country are clashing over their names. - NBC Los Angeles

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Action Figure Insider (ActionFigureInsider.com home page)

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds To Sdcc Cease & Decist - IMDB News

COMIC GIANTS CLASH OVER NAME Briefly.Today Lead Business Article

Team Salt Lake on This One ComicConGuide.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Responds To SDCC Cease & Decist – ComicBookMovie.com Home page

San Diego Comic-Con Targets Salt Lake Comic Con – SciFi4Me.com Home page

Comic-Con Death Match! San Diego VS Salt Lake City! – Inquisitir.com

Comic book convention organizers clash over Comic-Con name - NY Daily News

Salt Lake City Comic Con Gets Slapped with Cease-and-Desist Letter - Home page of Inc. Magazine

SAN DEIGO COMIC-CON SENDS CEASE-AND-DESIST LETTER TO SALT LAKE COMIC CON The Daily Cartoonist

San Diego comic book convention threatens legal action vs. Salt Lake City gathering over name News8 Idaho

SD Comic-Con issues cease-and-desist against Salt Lake Comic Con – #1 Story on San Diego Daily Transcript

Why San Diego Comic Con is Irrelevant – Media Connection Online

Rival Comics Conventions Spar over “Comic Con” Name  – #1 Business Story on Times of San Diego

The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons – National Public Radio

Comic-Con clash An epic battle breaks out over the term “Comic Con” – Inside Counsel Magazine

The wrath of Comic-Con: S.L. convention readies for trademark fight – Top Story Deseret News Home page

Comic Con commotion: The sandbox is big enough for everyone – Top Story on the Provo Herald

The Name Comic-Con Is Being Threatened: Shame On You SDCC – Flicksided / Home page of Fan Sided

Comic giants clash over name – #1 Business Story on News.com.au

COMIC-BOOK EXPOS CLASH OVER ‘COMIC CON’ NAME – Home page of Exhibition World

The Biggest Winners And Losers Of Comic-Con 2014! - i09.COM

Salt Lake, San Diego comic con feud would set precedent - Top Utah News Story on Salt Lake Tribune

Comic book convention organizers clash over Comic-Con name – Most Popular Entertainment Story on Bollywood Everyday

Salt Lake City Comic Con Gets Slapped with Cease-and-Desist Letter – Yahoo! Small Business

Comic-Con Organizers in San Diego, Salt Lake City Clash Over Name - NBC San Diego

Battle of the Cons: SD vs. Salt Lake City – Top Business Story on Union-Tribune San Diego

July 27, 2014

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering – Huffington Post (Canada)

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name – The Modesto Bee (California)

Two Comic Cons? Not if San Diego’s organizers can help it – Las Vegas Review-Journal

SDCC is suing my local con – The Escapist

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering – USNews.com

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name – Washington Post

SLCC Organizers Receive Cease and Desist Letter From San Diego Comic-Con TakesOnTech.com

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name – CNBC

SDCC: San Diego Comic-Con Responds to Salt Lake Press Release - The Comic Related YouTube

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering – 680News.com

San Diego Comic-Con unhappy with Salt Lake’s con – San Diego Daily Buzz

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name Charlotte Observer

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name – FOX23.com (Oklahoma)

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name – Miami Herald

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering – StarTribune.com

San Diego Comic-Con to Salt Lake Comic Con: Cease and desist – eturbonews.com

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering - Canadian Business

San Diego comic-book convention threatens legal action against Salt Lake City gathering – Fox Business News

Comic book conventions clash over name – #1 Entertainment article on Orange County Register

Two Comic-Cons? Not if San Diego’s organizers can help it – Top A&E Story Las Vegas Review-Journal

‘Comic Con’ use draws spat between convention groups in San Diego, Salt Lake City - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  National News homepage

San Diego, SLC comic book conventions clash – Home page story on St. George Spectrum

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name PostStar.com

Comic-Book Convention Organizers Clash Over Name  – ABC News

Battle of the Comic Cons – Home page of Good 4 Utah

July 26, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Reuters

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Market Watch

Salt Lake Comic Con Receives Cease and Desist Order BigShinyRobot.com

San Diego Comic Con Reportedly Sends Cease and Desist to Salt Lake Comic Con Over Use of “Comic Con” Reddit.com

San Diego Comic Con issues “cease and desist” to Salt Lake Comic Con Summified.com

SDCC: San Diego Comic-Con vs. Salt Lake Comic Con (video) – Comic Related

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Broadcast Newsroom

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – WKRN.com (Tennessee)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – BizJournals.com

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – WFSB.com (Connecticut)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – KSWT.com (California/Arizona)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – iStockAnalyst.com

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – PR Newswire

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – Yahoo! Finance

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – The Sacramento Bee

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – FinanzNachrichten.de (Germany)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – KTVN.com (Nevada)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – CBS8.com (San Diego)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – KXXV.com (Texas)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – WNEM.com (Mid-Michigan)

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – HawaiiNewsNow.com

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON REPORTEDLY SENDS CEASE AND DESIST TO SALT LAKE COMIC CON OVER USE OF “COMIC CON” – The Outhousers

San Diego Comic Con Sends Cease And Desist To Salt Lake Comic Con – Bleeding Cool

San Diego Comic Con Decides to Bully Salt Lake City Comic Con – Patheos.com

Salt Lake Comic Con Threatened With Lawsuit  – Top Story on KUTV

Cease and desist, San Diego Comic-Con tells Salt Lake Comic Con – Top Story on KSL

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – ComicRelated.com

San Diego Comic-Con tells Salt Lake convention to cease and desist  – Deseret News Top Story

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SENDS C&D TO SALT LAKE COMIC CON OVER TERM “COMIC CON”  – Comic Book Resources

San Diego Comic-Con unhappy with Salt Lake’s con – Top Utah story at Salt Lake Tribune

San Diego Comic-Con International Vs. Salt Lake Comic Con – TheStreet.com

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San Diego Comic-Con International’s Lawyer Letter

Salt Lake Comic Con has received a letter from San Diego Comic-Con International. You can view it by clicking the image on the right.

Here is our press release in response to the letter.

Here is our second press release responding by their August 6, 2014 deadline

Salt Lake Comic Con’s Legal Response Summary

Although we don’t plan on disclosing our complete legal strategy, we feel like it’s important to outline the high points for our attendees, sponsors and other concerned parties to give them a significant comfort level regarding our exposure. Here are some basic facts about the situation:

  • There are “comic con”s around the country and the world that are not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con International. Why single out Salt Lake Comic Con?
    Here’s a partial list of comic cons not related to San Diego.
  • San Diego wasn’t the first comic con. According to the history books, comic cons originated in New York and the United Kingdom at least 6 years before the first San Diego event.
  • Comic Con is short for comic convention. In trademark law, fair use occurs when a descriptive mark is used in good faith for its primary, rather than secondary meaning and no consumer confusion is likely to result. In one case (Zatarain’s, Inc. v. Oak Grove Smokehouse, Inc., 698 F.2d 786 (5th Cir. 1983)), a court held that the defendant’s use of “fish fry” to describe a batter coating for fish was fair use and did not infringe upon the plaintiff’s mark “Fish-Fri.” So we have a nearly identical case if the dispute was “comic con” vs. “comic-con”. But our brand is even more different with “Salt Lake Comic Con” vs. “Comic-Com”. Such uses are privileged because they use the terms only in their purely descriptive sense. “Comic Con” generically describes a comic convention just like “home show”, “boat show” or “auto show”
  • San Diego tried to trademark “comic con” in 1995 and failed with an Abandonment Date of April 19, 1999.  Why? Because Comic Con generically describes a comic convention and cannot be trademarked, even by the owner of the trademark “comic-con”. (Reg. No. 74706192)
  • Chicago Comicon, Inc. was responsible for San Diego Comic-Con International’s failed attempt to trademark the generic term “comic con”. Read their press release here dated 31 August 1996.
    According to Chicago Comicon CEO, Gary Colabuono, "Obviously San Diego
    isn't satisfied with simply being the San Diego Comic Con or Comic Con
    International. They want to trademark "comic con" and any similar term,
    such as "comicon" so they can control all use of it."
    Not only would national shows like the Chicago Comicon, the Motor City
    Comic Con, and the Pittsburgh Comicon be prohibited from using the term,
    but every casual gathering of fans in church basements and VFW halls would
    also be forbidden from using it. Colabuono was quick to point out that,
    "Big Brother is alive and well in the comic convention business."
    Asked to comment on the proceedings, Michael Goldman, president of the
    Motor City Comic Con, said, "We fully support Chicago in this matter.
    We've worked hard to create the good will associated with the name "Motor
    City Comic Con". For us to have to change our name after so many years
    would put us back to square one.  There's no doubt this would severely
    damage our business."
  • Chicago Comicon secured their trademark (Reg. No. 1708599) in 1992.
  • San Diego tried to trademark “Los Angeles Comic-Con” and failed (Trademark Application Serial #77802153)
  • Google Search “Comic Con” and you find over hundreds of pages for comic cons, mostly of non-affiliated comic conventions
  • WizardWorld.com boasts 24 Comic Cons and has no affiliation with San Diego.
    From their financial statements:We are a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions (“Comic Cons”) across North America that market movies, TV shows, video games,
    technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. These Comic Cons provide sales, marketing, promotions, public
    relations, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for entertainment companies, toy companies, gaming companies, publishing companies, marketers,
    corporate sponsors, and retailers.
  • Denver Comic Con (Reg. No. 4527316) and Bronx Heroes Comic Con (Reg. No. 4311673) have already received a trademark after “comic-con” was awarded to San Diego Comic-Con.
  • When people in New York go to New York Comic Con, or people in Chicago go to the Chicago Comic Con, they say, “I’m going to comic con”.
  • When you add up all the people that go to comic cons around the world and compare to San Diego’s attendance, San Diego’s attendance numbers are still a drop in the overall comic con bucket. So San Diego may be the largest comic con in the country and the fourth largest in the world, but they can’t claim credit for creating the generic brand that is comic con.
  • San Diego Comic-Con International only applied for the trademark “comic-con” in 2005, thirty five years after their first convention. They did a poor job policing their trademark before and after they were granted this mark. Rights in a trademark can be lost when the trademark is no longer associated with the original trademark owner, i.e., a trademark falls into a majority usage as a generic name of a type of goods or services.
  • A nonprofit can license a third party to use the trademark for those particular services or goods if the licensee’s use is attributed to the nonprofit licensor.
  • A California company, THE DEW LLC. tried to spoil Utah’s fun before, sending a trademark infringement letter to the folks at Utah Undie Run. That didn’t work out either.
Houston Comic-Con 1967

Houston Comic-Con 1967

Other Filed Documents

Joint Motion to Extend Defendants’ Time to Respond to Plaintiff’s Complaint

Defendant Dan Farr Productions’ Corporate Disclosure Statement

Order Granting Joint Motion for an Extension of Time

 

San Diego Comic-Con’s Mission Statement

Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Other Relevant Information about San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con Facebook

San Diego Comic-Con Intl. Facebook page adds 500,000 fans from Mexico City boosting fan base from
< 300,000 to > 900,000 since taking legal action against Salt Lake Comic Con.
Still has less engagement than Salt Lake Comic Con.

San Diego Comic-Con International Non-Profit details

2011 Tax Return for San Diego Comic-Con International

Nonprofit Comic-Con Reports Nearly $10 Million Cash in the Bank

(San Diego) Convention center lawsuit filed – San Diego Union-Tribune

What’s RIGHT and What’s WRONG About the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON Newsarama “WHAT’S WRONG? LET’S START WITH THE CON’S NAME, AND ITS GRASP ON REALITY…”

Google Trends for the Top Comic Cons (Outside of San Diego)

Convention Center won’t be on Nov. ballot (San Diego Comic-Con has outgrown it’s venue)

Comic Con Origins

THE FIRST EVER CONVENTION

Early History of Science Fiction Cons

A History Of The Science Fiction Convention

“Comic Con” originated in New York in 1964 

Con Fanzine 1964

Who bought the first ticket to the first comics con in ’64? George R.R. Martin!

The History of Comic Conventions (“Comicon ‘64” ) 

Multiple Comic Cons Existed before Comic-Con Trademark Granted in 2005

Chicago-Comicon-logo

Motor City Comic Con – 1989

Big Apple Comic Con – 1996

Dallas Comic Con – 2002

Comicon Birmingham 1968

(Vintage Chicago Comicon Posters

Comic Art Convention AKA New York Comic Con

Chicago Comicon Program Book Covers (70s and 80s)

A Brief History of Media Fandom (Coppa)

Comic Con is generic

Here are different websites that list the many, many comic cons that are not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con International

UpcomingCons.com list of Comic Cons

 List of Comic Book Conventions (Wikipedia)

Comic Con is Generic on Wikipedia

Changes are being made on Wikipedia to reflect San Diego Comic-Con’s legal position in August 2014

Convention Scene (Comic Conventions)

Geek City Guides (Conventions)

 

 

Lou Ferrigno Comic Con Car

Trademark Research

trademark-comic-con

Here is the failed and abandoned trademark registration for “Comic Con”.

Here is an informative article on “genericised trademark “.

Can Wizard Operate a ‘Comic-Con?’  ICV2

Chicago Comicon to Oppose San Diego’s Trademark Registration San Diego’s failed attempt to trademark “comic con”

According to Wikipedia – Comic-Con, Comic Con, ComicCon or ComiCon may refer to any of the following fan conventions

Salt Lake Comic Con has already been in communication with our attorneys and other Comic Con owners around the country. San Diego Comic-Con International has no claim to the term comic con, short for comic convention.

San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Comic Con World

San Diego Comic-Con International apparently singled out Salt Lake Comic Con. By threatening Salt Lake Comic Con, they are threatening all conventions that use a variation of Comic Con. Here is a partial list of non-affiliated conventions using comic con in their name:

Here’s some of the wide variety of logos using “comic con” that are not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con International

United States

Worldwide

Comic Con logos

Comic Con Collage 1 Comic Con Collage 2 Comic Con Collage 3 Comic Con Collage 4 Comic Con Collage 5

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109 Responses to “San Diego Comic-Con International vs. Salt Lake Comic Con”

  1. Sue says : Reply

    sour grapes San Diego?

  2. Alex says : Reply

    Wow, I can’t even believe what I just read. Sounds like a lot of boo-hooing from SDCC.

  3. jacob Florence says : Reply

    Sounds like someone is scared of a little competition

  4. Jessica Romney says : Reply

    Wow that is probably the dumbest thing I have ever heard……..really #SDCC I thought your were smarter than that….. #SomeoneIsJealous. Keep up the good work #SaltLakeComicCon.

  5. Monica C. says : Reply

    Un-believ-able! San Diego just went down several notches in my book! Pretty sad.

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  7. Lisa says : Reply

    Sounds like SDCC is intimidated by the “notoriety” that Salt Lake has been getting.

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  9. Beth says : Reply

    This is ridiculous. There’s a Comic Con is pretty much every major US city. I think the only thing they can trademark is their logo and the ‘SDCC’ acronym but ‘comic con’ is a general term. ‘San Diego Comic Con International’ is specific… I could see them having an issue if another comic con, which was taking place in San Diego, called themselves ‘San Diego Comic Con’ and then tried to promote at SDCC International and that would be confusing. But you guys aren’t even in the same state, let alone the same city. They must be stupid if they think somebody would confuse Salt Lake Comic Con with San Diego Comic Con.

  10. Stewart says : Reply

    It’s a con, don’t fall for it!

  11. Andrew Ashby says : Reply

    Wow this is crazy!!! A C&D on all words comic con, cause it may “Confuse Guests?” is a pretty lame reason to try and weasel in a trademark ban. Thats nuts

  12. courtenay schick says : Reply

    this is so childish. trying to gain press and more attendees by posting all this is a joke. maybe you should hire someone to check facts because NYCC is affiliated with sdcc. also they didn’t do anything until you brought your vehicle to their convention. so they have every right to do what they are.

  13. Rob Welker says : Reply

    Maybe it’s this type of attitude that makes our guests feel more welcome and more at home in Salt Lake City as opposed to SD! To the folks at SLCC… keep up the good work! We’re here for you! #SaltLakeComicCon

  14. Marie says : Reply

    I feel that I am now less inclined to visit San Diego Comic Con, more son than I previously was. They are playing a dangerous, petty game. It reminds me of toddlers throwing a tantrum over not getting things their way, the way they want them, when they want them, because another child has something just as shiny. It’s irrational and probably aimed at money grabbing. That is the sad reality.
    It’s probably more about the money than it is over the “confusion” convention goers might have over the two names. SLCC and SDCC may be similar, when pub in that context, but they are decidedly completely different.
    I had once thought I wanted to visit San Diego Comic Con, but after this dirt throwing mess, I definitely thing I shall steer clear of them, even if I do become famous and am asked to come as a “guest” and not a fan.

  15. Andrea Kaye says : Reply

    They obviously do not own the trademark for “comic con” they could be going after the confusing of guests with the abbreviations of “sdcc” and “slcc” I guess in their editorial room L and D must be close on their keyboards.

    Wouldn’t want their promoters miss spelling the more classy convention.
    All sarcasm, and emotions aside– its ridiculous, and embarressing sdcc, make your self look more like bafoons.
    Instead of going I’ll just continuly go to Salt Lake CC. At least last year, it felt like what a comic con are suppose to be.
    Look forward to another one!

  16. Aly says : Reply

    Thanks SDCC for making advertising for Salt Lake. I’m pretty sure there will be more people now just to support Salt Lake.

  17. Randy E says : Reply

    SDCC. Sounds like a con job to me.

  18. Ryan Wells says : Reply

    SDCC needs to fall apart and have a better venue.

    • Logan says : Reply

      SDCC is not going anywhere, nor should it: Although I am SO happy to have Salt Lake Comic Con here as a proud resident of Utah, San Diego is just such an awesome place and a great city to host an internationally-recognized Comic Con.

  19. Rachel says : Reply

    Interesting that my comment isn’t being posted and only anti SDCC comments are. My comment at 10:50 is still awaiting approval by mods but posts with later time stamps are getting posted. I’m thinking I’ll start screenshoting this circus and posting it. ;)

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      Hi Rachel,
      Unfortunately we could not approve your comment due to the language contained within it, we do respect your opinion, however, we do try to keep our website family friendly.

    • Rich says : Reply

      Rachel, SDCC is obviously a joke and extremely petty. You couldn’t pay me enough to visit that ridiculous mess. How could you not see that this is a silly attack that even a 2 year old would not engage in? I was never anti-sdcc until they pulled this feat of epic failness. It is more than obvious that sdcc is scrambling and throwing anything they can at slccc. They don’t even own the term comic con and they won’t. So do you think this is not silly and that all other comic cons should bow down to the big babies on the block? If you can’t play fair in the sandbox, then get out.

  20. Chris says : Reply

    SDCC trying to make comic cons an exclusive “nedrvana” club. Spread the neediness!

    Unfortunately I see why SDCC seems threatened by our SLCC car. We already have a extremely successful Sundance Film Festival and U of U has one of the top video game design programs in the nation so “nerds” are here in abundance. SDCC probably was thinking SLCC was trying to steal attendees from them by promoting SLCC.

  21. josh m says : Reply

    Comic Con is ment to be a place where we can all gather. Weither its in NYC, SLC, ABQ, or SD or anywhere else in the world. Embrace each other as family. Promote them, they can promote you. Geeks nerds fans friends otaku all of us are in this together. Ive always wanted to go to SDCC… as a guest and vendor… now im starting to think ill stick with SLCC…. kudos guys keep up the great work. Its been a little rough, but I can only believe that #SLCC will only get better and better.

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  23. Eric says : Reply

    I wonder if McDonald’s could serve Burger King with a cease and desist order for using the term “hamburger.”

  24. I think SDCC has gotten a bit big the britches as of late and feel threatened due to the attendance record #SaltLakeCityComicon had last year and the related #FanX / #FanXperince early this year in 2014. I am from Santee myself which is East County San Diego and before I got married I was a “dedicated” con goer EVERY year, on/in the dealer room or in the Anime Viewing room or to the artist alley to meet with some of the arts greats! Like example, #Elfquest Creators #RichardandWendiPeni, or #PhilandKajaFoglio of #GirlGenius and #JamesOBarr creator/author of #TheCrow WHO BY THE WAY! Just had his first Salt lake City Convention Experince at #FanX2014 and will be coming back to Salt Lake for the 2nd #SLCC #SaltLakeCItyComicon as well as great Author of many #Battletech , #StarWars , #Shadowrun novels Michael Stackpole. A Few peeps I’d like to see come to #SLCC would be #CliveBarker , #MajelBarret (May she be Exploring the Cosmos with her husband #GeneRoddenberry ) I’d LOVE to see the “Original” Cast of #TheHitchhikersGuidetothegalaxy and The Cast of #RedDwarf and #RedGreen who we love to watch on #KPBS here in #SLC thanks to the #UniversityofUtah. My messge to those at The San Diego Comicon Committee would be to step back deep breath and really “REALLY” contemplate and look at the “bigger” picture here and step outside of the box and look at what you are trying to force on everyone else in the world, note that word “The World” on a globe scale you’re looking at being a bit petty over the whole “Trademark” infringement. It’s like apple saying OH YOU CAN’T HAVE THE SITE OR TITLE i-SpyRepair.com for cellphone and mp3 player repairs because the person used a word like I-Spy or worse I-Cellular repair shop you can’t trademark the letter “I” that’s just unbelievable and stupid and would in fact cause a lot of trouble publicly for apple huh? Yea …..so with that said I will end my rant and opinion of the letter and let my words even as small as they are stand because the more that agree the stronger they become.

  25. Corey says : Reply

    In a slightly altered quote, “Begun the Con Wars have.”
    Although SLCC is still in its infancy (not even a year old!), it has come off surprisingly well. In less than a year, it has come within a stone’s throw of San Diego in both size and popularity (which has taken 44 years to get where it is, talk about bitter). It’s incredibly well organized, staffed, and maintained. I firmly believe that SLCC will overcome SDCC to become the premier Con in the world, and when it does, it should help foster the growth of all other Cons. To all of my fellow nerds…let us gather and give support to SLCC and all other Cons that stand before the might of SDCC Empire. If all else fails, we can just call up The Doctor, Godzilla, Firefly, Starfleet, the Avatar, etc…and maybe even the Jedi Order.

  26. Adam says : Reply

    This is very un-geeky of SDCC. We’re supposed to all celebrate things geeky, not sue each other frivolously over trademarks that aren’t even owned. Lame in the extreme.

  27. Mike says : Reply

    Greenpeace International clearly must sue San Diego Comic Con International for SDCC’s blatant attempt to capitalize on their name.

  28. Beth says : Reply

    Wow… Phoenix doesn’t even use the word “Comic Con” they call it “Comicon”. It’s one word, not two. lol.

  29. Lucas Henry says : Reply

    Truly they are just worried that SLCC has done such a great job in such a little time that they will be eclipsed by it. Can’t play with the big boys? Come up with something better than “confusing the fans” then. At least we get some great publicity out of it ;) Keep up the awesome work guys!

  30. David B says : Reply

    Since when can a non-profit organization claim market confusion with a for profit organization attempting to advertise their for profit event?

  31. Curtis says : Reply

    I actually understand why SDCC is doing this. I don’t think it’s a legitimate gripe, however, and I definitely don’t think it’s ethical. But the success of SLCC last fall, along with an even larger follow-up event in the form of FanX and the projected growth of the 2nd SLCC is stealing some of SDCC’s thunder. No doubt, they sent this in hopes that an attempt at brow-beating SLCC will result in the Salt Lake folks backing down (because, obviously, San Diego, being so much larger, MUST have better lawyers, right?) It doesn’t cost them anything to send the letter (aside from the time spent by legal counsel that they’re already paying for, anyway), and if SLCC doesn’t back down, they’re not obligated to actually pursue the case in court. In short, it’s a shakedown attempt.

    The fact that there are already so many other Comic Cons around the country–which have NOT, apparently, presented any threat to SDCC and their success, since no legal action has been taken to make THEM change their names–means that, even if SDCC did want to take this to court, they’ve already set a legal precedent for themselves of allowing other conventions to use ‘Comic Con’. If they want Salt Lake to stop, that means they have to make EVERYONE stop.

    Bring it on.

  32. Joel Marquez says : Reply

    According to the letter, they have “Comic-Con” trademarked “… Not the unhyphenated version “Comic Con”… That could be all the difference in the world!!

  33. Jones says : Reply

    Both of you (SDCC, SLCC) are acting immature just how 2 years act when there’s a solution to this talk this out to get a better clear understanding, instead of throwing a Lawyer in this making a document that’s has no words for why it would come into this stupidity between both SLCC and SDCC , and instead of SLCC , acting like those people on Instagram snap shooting what people say and posting it in front of the world just to show what stupid or mean things they said and you had to the unercessy improntantess of blurring it out to the world how childish is SDCC is acting when your doing the same , acting childish, instead of like adults.

    • Rich says : Reply

      Dude, have you even read anything? SDCC started this whole silly nonsense and attacked SLCC outright for no reason. They feel threatened. SLCC is only defending itself against idiocy as anyone should. Do you think they should just do nothing? Have someone sue you over nothing and let’s see how you react. They simply showed how idiotic this is.

      • Jones says : Reply

        Your right they wouldn’t sue for no reason, and yes I have read it, I guess it always come down to money

      • Logan says : Reply

        There is a somewhat legitimate reason to be made in regards to the Salt Lake Comic Con’s Audi being used as a marketing tactic in San Diego during their event. A cease-and-desist against the car itself would actually make sense, since anyone who saw the grill of the car and not the sides, or saw the sides at a far enough distance to not read the “Salt Lake” and only saw “Comic Con” could easily mistake the car as associated with Comic Con International, or even give the impression to uninformed San Diego visitors that SDCC and SLCC are somehow related. Their response was disproportionate, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Salt Lake Comic Con organizers could have been a bit more careful with their marketing strategy.

    • Interested Party says : Reply

      Both parties are acting in what they believe is the best interest of their business. SLCC has seized this opportunity, an incredible PR and Legal mistake by SDCC, to spread exposure of SLCC.

    • Camren says : Reply

      What are you talking about? The only people who brought about the frivolous lawsuit was SDCC. SLCC didn’t have any gripes with SDCC. They’re a brand new Comic Con that is making a name for itself. San Diego feels threatened. SLCC is doing what one should reasonably do and publicize what SDCC is doing because it is bad for us fans and it shows just how horrid trademark wars have become. So no one here is acting immature except SDCC. They’re acting completely unethical by trying to squash smaller conventions in the country.

  34. Jones says : Reply

    Not even any other comic con would do this, they l probably laughing at this because it look like the complaining house wife show on T.V

  35. Tim says : Reply

    What’s next? Salt Lake Community College suing for the use of SLCC? You guys are fine. We’re looking forward to an awesome time in September regardless of the crazies that want to stop it.

  36. Jess says : Reply

    Bored? Nothing to do today? Why not sue someone for a completely worthless reason, just to mess with thousands of people? It could be fun!

  37. Marine Queen says : Reply

    Wow, that is the silliest, dumbest and very greedy thing of #SDCC to do. How arrogant! The word Comic Con Is NOT a patented name and not just for them. I am disappointed in them. SELFISH bastards! Keep up the great work #SaltLakeComicCon They are just jealous that you guys are thriving and making things better for the people to enjoy.

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  39. Jamie says : Reply

    WOW..thats all I gotta say about this. If people didnt know about Salt Lake CIty Comicon I guess they will now….But totally agree…NO ONE and I mean NO ONE should have exclusive rights to the wording, “Comicon, Comic-Con, or even Comic Con” that is for EVERYONE to utilize..SDCC must really feel threatened if this is happening.

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  42. Crystal Williams says : Reply

    That car is amazing! I can’t wait to see it at SLCC!

  43. Claudie says : Reply

    Dude, SDCC needs to chill out.

  44. Preston says : Reply

    i think that the salt lake comic con should buy the abbandoned trade mark then use it as leverage to keep San Diego off their backs. and tell them unless the stop this they can no longer use the comic con name

  45. candy says : Reply

    I wonder if they are doing this because they feel threatened that we might actually surpass them and become the largest comic con? After all, we are more centralized, and we do get some very big names out here. Not only that, sdcc isn’t such a big deal there because people can see big celebs all the time, where here, we don’t, weither it’s a graphic novelist, t.v. celeb, movie celeb, model, cosplay artist, or artist, so it’s a big deal here amt surrounding areas.

  46. Brian says : Reply

    All I can say is that I already have my SLCC tickets! Great B-Day gift from my daughter I’m a fan, and am in NO WAY whatsoever confused, bewildered or discombobulated about the fact the SLCC recks the SDCC Like A Boss!

  47. Greg says : Reply

    Laughable! SDCC is obviously worried about the competition, but by doing this, all they are accomplishing is bringing SLCC loads of extra publicity. Seems pretty anti-productive to me.

  48. […] confuse the public into thinking the two entities are associated, when in fact, they are not. Salt Lake Comic Con has replied that “comic con” is an industry term common enough that it cannot be trademarked. At […]

  49. Jef O. says : Reply

    As an attorney as well as a fan and attendee of Salt Lake Comic Con this issue intrigued me. Just my opinion and not legal advice – I personally see multiple problems with SDCC’s letter.

    First, SDCC cites multiple registered trademarks that they claim to own; however, there are at least two other registered trademarks of which I am aware that also use “Comic Con” in their name. They are Denver Comic Con (Reg. No. 4527316) and Bronx Heroes Comic Con (Reg. No. 4311673). While SDCC might have some argument with the use of “Comic-Con” standing alone (because it appears that they do have a registered Service Mark for “Comic-Con”), they should not be able to prohibit the use of Comic Con when used in connection with Salt Lake.

    Second, as has already been pointed out by Salt Lake Comic Con, there are dozens and dozens of conventions held around the country that use Comic Con in their name. Most of these use the city name before the words Comic Con, just like Salt Lake Comic Con. I doubt attendees believe that all of these Comic Cons are affiliated with San Diego Comic Con.

    Third, and I personally believe this is a fatal argument, SDCC’s letter demands ceasing the use of “Comic Con” “or any other confusing similar variation” of Comic Con. Then, in the next paragraph, SDCC agrees that Salt Lake may use the term “Salt Lake Comic Convention.” Comic Convention is a similar variation of Comic Con. In both San Diego and Salt Lake (as well as other cities), Con is short for Convention. In fact, even SDCC is short for San Diego Comic Convention not San Diego Comic Con as established by SDCC’s registration with the patent and trademark office. Thus, if SDCC agrees the use of Salt Lake Comic Convention is fine (which they do in the letter) and the name Comic Convention is a similar variation of Comic Con, then SDCC just agreed that Salt Lake can use the name Comic Con in the very cease and desist letter sent.

    I have other thoughts on this as well, but these issues stood out.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful response Jef. We would love to hear more of your thoughts on this. Other key issues from our side include:

      1) Comicons started in 1964 in New York. “Cons” began as early as 1939, particularly of the sci-fi / fan genre. These are generic ubiquitous terms. When people talk about comic con, San Diego doesn’t own the mind share. If you’re going to New York Comic Con in New York, you’re going to “comic con”.
      2) San Diego didn’t get a trademark for comic-con until 2005, 35 years after they had been around.
      3) They tried to get “comic con” and failed.
      4) They tried to stop Chicago Comic-Con and failed.
      5) There is already legal precedence for this for terms like:
      – Auto Show
      – Gun Show
      – Boat Show
      – Home Show
      And this is the tip of our legal iceberg.

  50. Vann says : Reply

    Never even heard of Salt Lake Comic Con until this past weekend while attending SDCC lol, oh well…

  51. Daniel says : Reply

    Oh they are pissed we are doing so well. I mean our 2nd event took 3rd biggest EVER and we were 31K people short of being the biggest. They are scared we will beat them and if that’s the case and if worse comes to worse I say let them and change the name and completely blow san diego out of the water.

  52. Interested Party says : Reply

    #SDCC, San Diego Comic Con, what a waste of money. Comic Con has become, essentially, a term of art. Comic Con does not provide any distinctiveness to their name. This is a hopeless legal case and has only served to make #SDCC appear petty, and draw more attention and fans to the quickly growing #SLCC.

  53. Meisha F says : Reply

    San Diego is just scared of a little competition. Salt Lake made a massive splash for their first year and now San Diego is worried they will lose fans. In my opinion SD is being dumb and they need to just chill out. They will still be just as popular as before. And no I don’t think fans are confused by the name, besides if SLC changed their name to Salt Lake Comic Convention all the fans will just shorten it Comic con anyways so its less of a mouthful to say.

    Keep up the good work SLCC. Can’t wait for September, its gonna be awesome!!

  54. Rick Langenheim says : Reply

    San Diego Comic Con really missed an opportunity to improve their image and at the same time promote the comic con business as a whole. The use of the word “Comic Con” by other comic cons in no way hurts the SDCC or makes them lose money. SDCC should have no problem with the SLCC or any other Comic Cons for that matter. In fact, why didn’t the SDCC encourage fans to also attend the SLCC? They take place at a different time of the year. Convention goers attend more than just one Comic Con and the celebrities go to more than just one Comic Con. Developing a positive relationship between the SDCC and the SLCC would be a win-win situation for both of them.

  55. amanda arch says : Reply

    I see they are a NON-PROFIT organization, interesting, What are the salaries of the creator n top people ? Curious on that one, they have a very large surplus of money in the bank 10 mil plus. What do they do with the money to return it to the people? What causes have they supported ? I have never heard them sponsoring anything else for research or causes or otherwise. I do not hear them supporting what they are registered as a non-profit for, education of comics etc. I really what this part of them seen n shown to be that’s what they really are. I support Salt Lake n find what San Diego is doing in bad taste n I hope it brings to light what they really are about. Non profits are to benefit people not just be money cows to pay unbelievable salaries to upper employees etc, It is to help people n causes n research.
    People need to pay attention to what they really are…DO they even mention that they are non-profit n what your money goes to on their advertising ??? Is it anywhere what your enter trance is for ?? I didn’t think so …….

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  57. Jenna says : Reply

    I agree that SDCC has no case and is not acting in the best way, but I do think it was in poor taste to advertise Salt Lake Comic Con at San Diego Comic Con. I’ll continue to attend both, but what SLCC did was essentially stand right outside Papa John’s and advertise for Dominoes. In my opinion, neither party is innocent, here.

    • Ryan says : Reply

      Exactly. SLCC decided to pull what amounted to a childish prank, SDCCI got mad (rightfully so) and retaliated in the way they thought best, which was a poorly thought out cease and desist.

      Dan and Bryan apologize for their stunt, I bet this goes away.

  58. Adrienne McElwain says : Reply

    2 Things…
    1- No comic con has ever challenged San Diego, anything big enough to be considered an even slight rival was on the other side of the continent or world. So the first time San Diego has ever had to worry about their fans is now! IT is cheeper to get a hotel and 3 day ticket to Salt Lake than it is to get in all 3 days in San Diego. Salt Lake is also open it isn’t sold out within hours. So it’s easier to get in. Our numbers and reputation are actually threatening San Diego.
    2 – Have you seen all the press? Yeah it’s great advertising for both events in the news right now. It’s been in the media around the world. So yeah… anyone who didn’t know what comic con was before, well they do now.
    oh yeah and one more…
    3 – Dear San Deigo,
    You have picked the wrong crowd to look like a bully too. We’re sort of nerds, geeks, and cosplay queens. We don’t do so well with bullies. So you better tred lightly or you’ll upset more than just your fans… remember many of our celebrities are also our allies in the geek/nerd world.

  59. Tabbi says : Reply

    We love you SALT LAKE COMIC CON!!! ^_^

  60. Rufus says : Reply

    Woot Woot! Definitely going back to SLCC! Keep up the amazingness SLCC!

  61. Kristie says : Reply

    As if no one has also figured out Utah speaks a different language than the rest of America! So we are told so why dont we sue California for making fun of our Utah accent! This is ridiculous.

  62. […] Examiner. Salt Lake Comic Con’s attorneys are 100 percent confident that they will prevail as precedence against claims like this has been established by other Comic Cons and other trade shows including New York and […]

  63. mike s says : Reply

    The fact is that this action goes against SDCC’s mission statement of promoting support for the scene, so to speak. It is hypocritical at the least, and unjust harassment at most. All this is going to accomplish is even more dwindling support for SDCC which can only help the other comic conventions. SLCC is a world-class convention and I’m glad to see they are standing up for their legal rights in the face of this attempted bullying. SDCC is no better than patent trolls and they must know they haven’t a leg to stand on.
    SLCC 2014!!

  64. […] Since receiving the cease and desist request letter, Salt Lake Comic Con shared the letter online.  To view a copy of the cease and desist letter and resource page for this issue, click here. […]

  65. Dennis says : Reply

    Another convention advertises inside the SDCC, and they do so with the blessing and permission of SDCC. Why? Because they spoke with the organization and came to an official agreement, so as to eliminate this possibility.
    SLCC – did you even think to do the same before coming down and driving your billboard around the convention center? Or did you just assume that your presence would be welcomed with open arms?

    Perhaps if you had been open and honest with the Board of SDCC, you wouldn’t even be in this position. Instead, I’m betting you chose to make a statement – Hey, look at me! I couldn’t get in to tell you about my convention, so I’m going to be a bratty little kid and cause a scene.

    Sure, there are other “comic cons” around the country. But, do you see them coming to SD and storming the gates? No. They show us some respect.

    I bet this could all be solved by you – SLCC now stands for Salt Lake Comic Convention. What does that cost you? Nothing. And you might even get brownie points for taking the high road.

    • SJ says : Reply

      Maybe you should read the timeline regarding this entirely silly episode. SDCC served the C&D letter before the car arrived. SLCC weren’t going to bring it.

  66. Unseen Aura says : Reply

    This makes me so outraged, I want to boycott SDCC, >:@

  67. […] Lake Comic Con maintains a page with updates on the situation. You can read the latest here. We will also be monitoring the case and update as we can on our Facebook […]

  68. Nate Bertelsen says : Reply

    I hope you kick San Diego’s greedy butt! I don’t know how they can even call themselves a nonprofit organization! I’d be suing them for lies! Trying to trademark “comic con” is like trying to trademark “gun show” or “game expo!”

  69. Kenn says : Reply

    i live in san diego and attend con when i can, and when it comes right down to it, besides the fact that the events are in 2 different states, i don’t think i’ll ever confuse SDCC with SLCCC (or even SLCC)…

  70. Stephenie G says : Reply

    Facepalm “Doh!!”

    Ok I’ve heard of Bullying in schools. But on a professional level? Seems SDCC needs a TIMEOUT!!

  71. Dennis says : Reply

    So…what’s the delay in posting my comment? It’s been about 32 hours now…and those posting after me – who are in support of your position – have already been approved.

    My words were family-friendly…but they are critical of SLCC’s position.
    Do you not believe in allowing your followers to hear both sides of an argument?

    just curious…

    • Joan Ball says : Reply

      As for whether Comic-Con International is being ‘mean’ that’s going to be for the courts to decide. The PR campaign being run by for-profit Dan Farr Productions, producer of Salt Lake Comic Con, is making themselves out to be the ‘David’ against the non-profit San Diego Comic-Con’s Goliath– but the truth is many newly (post-2010) branded conventions are using the name “Comic Con” precisely because of its name recognition with media-popular SDCC. (As an FYI, “Salt Lake Comic Con/Fan Xperience” was founded in 2013.) Prior to this sudden influx of newly minted conventions, I’d only heard “Comic-Con” (or even spelt “ComicCon”) refer to the Comic-Con in San Diego- other conventions had their own unique and distinguishing names. (For example, CONvergence; Starfest; OrlandoCon) “Comic Con” wasn’t in generic usage until companies like Wizard Entertainment started to dilute the name recognition with their rebranded and expanded city tour. The move could possibly be traced to the founding of New York Comic Con in 2006; and Wizard’s 2009 acquisition of Big Apple Con, which it renamed Big Apple Comic Con. The heart (and confusing part) of the matter? The neo-conventions don’t actually have a specific focus on comic-books at all; they’re just a new variation of science fiction conventions.

  72. Nonny says : Reply

    Of course SLCC is causing SDCC “irreparable harm”–people can actually attend SLCC instead of SDCC because you don’t need to sell your first born child to win the online ticket lottery and you don’t have to queue for hours and hours in the slim hope you almost might get into one panel. Oh, and it’s more than just a glorified entertainment press event. Oh, and it costs less. In short, SLCC is what SDCC is supposed to be. Of course people will get confused!

    How dare anybody have fun without SDCC’s permission. Shame on SLCC for organizing such a fantastic con.

  73. […] The complete lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con can be viewed to the right of this article. For more information on the pending litigation as well as to see a list of other comic conventions that could be impacted by the lawsuit, visit Salt Lake Comic Con’s updated page on the story here. […]

  74. […] Salt Lake’s defense is a good one…the fact that there are thousands of Comic Cons all over the country, and that they are just like the others only in Utah. The organizers have posted up details about the law suit as well as all of the press coverage concerning the law suit and you can read about that here. […]

  75. Mike says : Reply

    While the whole car incident seems a bit cheeky, or at least naive to a fault, I don’t see how SDCC has a case. Can’t we all just get along? Peace and love, brother. Peace and love.

  76. […] of similarity, Salt Lake has made a big deal out of how many other shows use “Comic Con”. However, few of them are so similar in name structure in close […]

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