Jury finds Salt Lake Comic Con, its founders violated trademark

$20,000 awarded in damages; San Diego Comic-Con had sought $12 million

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Western Rover Herriman, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 8:56 p.m.

    @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?

  • Reflectere Utah, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 1:47 a.m.

    San Diego should have franchised the Comic-Con brand. Too late for that now!

  • Holycow Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 10:45 p.m.

    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 are!!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 7:03 p.m.

    So what are these groups supposed to do, come up with several dozen synonyms for "comic con" so that none of them overlap?

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 2:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Kattoman Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 1:43 p.m.

    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.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 10:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Wotan Herriman, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 9:20 a.m.

    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.

  • BGuy Falls Church, VA
    Dec. 9, 2017 8:08 a.m.

    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.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:50 p.m.

    Looking forward to what the new name of Salt Lake Comic Con is going to be.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:21 p.m.

    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.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:19 p.m.

    $12m would have ended Salt Lake Comic Con, so this is a good outcome.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 5:13 p.m.

    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 best beaches

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 4:53 p.m.

    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 decided.

  • J B Patterson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    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 in business.