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

October 13, 2014

New York Comic Con tops San Diego in attendees – The Escapist

The numbers are in: New York Comic Con’s attendance surpassed even San Diego’s this year – TheMarySue.com

New York Comic Con 2014 draws 151,000 fans – CraveOnline.com

New York Comic Con Is Officially Bigger Than San Diego Comic-Con – ComicsAlliance.com

October 9, 2014

9 questions about Comic Con you were too embarrassed to ask – Vox.com

September 30, 2014

Clark Gregg on Comic-Con (video) – Jimmy Kimmel Live

September 29, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con Fighting With Salt Lake City Comic Con Over Trademark – from the “comical dept” at TechDirt.com

September 27, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con may settle ‘Comic Con’ lawsuit – FOX13 Salt Lake City

September 26, 2014

San Diego and Salt Lake cons to meet about lawsuit – ComicBookResources.com

Salt Lake and San Diego Comic Cons to talk about settling lawsuit out of courts – DailyCartoonist.com

September 25, 2014

Salt Lake asks court to cancel Comic-Con trademark – World News Report

Go, look: Salt Lake Comic Con responds to lawsuit filed by Comic-Con International over ‘Comic Con’ – ComicsReporter.com

Possible settlement coming in Comic Con lawsuit – KUTV.com (Salt Lake City)

Comic Con organizers may toss lawsuit – Mid-Utah Radio

September 24, 2014

Salt Lake asks court to cancel Comic-Con trademark – ICV2.com

Salt Lake and San Diego comic cons might settle lawsuit – Salt Lake City Daily Digest

Others use ‘comic con’ name too, SL organizers argue in trademark battle – KSL.com

Salt Lake and San Diego comic cons might settle lawsuit – Salt Lake Tribune

Court filing: San Diego v Salt Lake

September 23, 2014

Salt Lake convention formally responds to ‘Comic Con’ lawsuit – ComicBookResources.com

Trademark battle: Salt Lake convention cites other events called ‘comic con’ in latest court filing – Deseret News

September 22, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con responds to lawsuit over words ‘Comic Con’ – Fox13 Salt Lake City

September 15, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con smashes attendance records – BlogCritics.org

September 11, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con hailed best comic con, closes with sold out final day – Daily Herald

September 9, 2014

What’s in a name? Comic Con 2014 (audio) – Utah Public Radio

September 7, 2014

Organizers: More than 100,000 attended final day of Salt Lake Comic Con – FOX13 Salt Lake City

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

Get in on the Comic Con – ArtistsOfUtah.org

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

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

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

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 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

August 1, 2014

Comic Con name results in controversy – Blog.ConventionVendor.com

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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