Jury Rules Salt Lake Comic Con Violated San Diego Comic-Con’s Trademark

The jury has returned a verdict in San Diego Comic-Con’s lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con. Unfortunately for the hundreds of comic cons across the country, they seem to have sided with the California juggernaut.

Where San Diego Comic-Con was after as much as $12 million, the jury only awarded them $20,000. Importantly though, the jury agreed that Salt Lake Comic Con violated San Diego Comic-Con’s trademark.

This could have massive implications for events across the country that use variations of “comic con” in their names. Frankly, it’s a generic term, and was long before San Diego Comic-Con’s owners Comic Con International applied for the “comic-con” mark. Salt Lake Comic Con is expected to appeal the verdict, and hopefully sanity will eventually prevail.

Via Fox 13, Deseret News

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 writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which 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.”