Houston Convention Bureau Suing ‘Space City Comic Con’ Over Trademark

Trouble’s brewing down in the lone star state, as the Houston Convention Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Space City Comic Con over a 2004 “Space City” trademark.

For those of you who don’t know, pretty much every business and their dog likes to use the phrase “Space City” in their name or motto in Houston. The Houston Convention Bureau has a very specific trademark on the phrase “Space City,” where it’s used to promote tourism, business and conventions though.

What’s strange though is that while ‘Space City Comic Con’ hasn’t always used that moniker, they have used it since 2012. It seems strange that the Houston Convention Bureau is only now going after Space City Comic Con.

…well, unless you put your tinfoil hat on.

You see, last year the Houston Convention Bureau invested in Comicpalooza, which is only scheduled for a month later. That they suddenly have a horse in the race makes it feel like this is an action specifically designed to take down a competitor.

But even if that’s true, the trademark still exists, and the Houston Convention Bureau does need to defend it. The real question will be whether or not the term is generic enough to save Space City Comic Con.

Honestly, this whole thing’s a mess.

Via Houston Chronicle

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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