$20,000 awarded in damages; San Diego Comic-Con had sought $12 million
Change the name to Mormon Con or Saint Con. How about Salt Palace Con? Or even
better, Sci Fi Con.I'd like to see this one go to the Appeals
Court to see if such a generic name can actually be defended by San Diego.
@Frozen Fractals: Yes, why not come up with their own name? There are cons all
over that have come up with their own names: HeroesCon, WonderCon, DragonCon,
etc. My favorite name was the one I attended in New Mexico called Bubonicon.
SLCC doesn't focus strictly on comics anyway, so why are they so attached
to someone else's name?
San Diego should have franchised the Comic-Con brand. Too late for that now!
Slap in the face judegment. San Diego started Comic Con decades and decades ago
on the bottom floor of a hotel. It worked long and hard to nourish the event.
SLC Comic Con steals the name and profits millions!! Hope SLC Comic Con meets
its demise for violating the 8th commandment. Thieves and robbers are what you
So what are these groups supposed to do, come up with several dozen synonyms for
"comic con" so that none of them overlap?
Salt Lake nee Comic Con should unite with as many other "Com-Con"
groups as possible and use a common name such as" Comic Com ex" . Then
Comic Con , San Diego would have to sue everybody, not just Salt Lake. That
would make it easier to settle. It would be interesting to appeal if
you could get the rest of the comic cons to join the appeal. Two issues
were settled at the Salt Lake trial. 1) San Diego owns the name "Comic
Con"2) Salt Lake's use of the name did not cause San Diego
financial harm.The smartest thing to do would be to join with San
Diego and use the combined ability of the two groups to grow the organization.
If I was SLC (Can't Use Trademark Name), I'd not appeal. It will cost
more than $20,000. Re-brand Com-Con or Comic Convention or some other name.
Work with all the other Comic Cons to have a consistent name and build a better
brand than San Diego-Comic Con.
Might there be a little bit of jealously here? Having lived in Cal for 40 years
during it's glory days they can be a mite prideful.
If this had been tried in a neutral court, the plaintiff would have been sent
packing. Just one more reason that people would cheer if Southern California
fell into the ocean.
As an IP attorney, the jury simply got this wrong. Comic Con is descriptive and
shouldn't be eligible for protection based on it's use throughout the
country. This has everything to do with the jury being in the home forum. I
wouldn't be surprised to see this reversed on appeal.
Looking forward to what the new name of Salt Lake Comic Con is going to be.
Only $20,000? That's nothing! It won't even pay off the lawyers! Salt
Lake will only need to change their name and create their own brand. It also
prevents San Diego from taking it any further in the courts. This is a very
hollow victory for the plaintiff. It's hard to tell who's side this
jury was really on.
$12m would have ended Salt Lake Comic Con, so this is a good outcome.
What is next? A trial in Vail Colorado about who has the best snow? Or maybe the
San Diego tourism bureau can go to Hawaii and have a trial about who has the
Came out how I thought it would with a San Diego Jury and San Diego Judge. Kind
of like being asked who makes the best food in front of your mother. What else
would you expect? I would have liked to see what a new York jury would have
If all the other Comic Cons out there are infringers, are they going to be sued?
Also, weren't some other Comic Cons running before Salt Lake Comic
Con? If so, then why weren't they sued or given a Crease & Desist Order
before SLCC?I personally think San Diego Comic-Con is making a
mistake by suing Salt Lake Comic Con. There is room for both conventions (and
many others), and all it's doing is hurting the fans that come to the
events. Note: without the fans, none of these conventions would be