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Salt Lake Comic Con Vows to Fight Legal Attack on Show Name

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
August 28, 2014
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Salt Lake City, UT – The organizers of Utah’s Salt Lake Comic Con vowed to fight a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by the creators of the high-profile Comic-Con International, which is held annually in San Diego.

Dan Farr, co-founder of Dan Farr Productions and the producer of Salt Lake Comic Con, said an intellectual property litigation firm had been retained and would handle the brewing court battle while he and his team prepared for the September 4-6 show at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. “Our show will go on and it will be bigger and better than ever,” he said.

“Our first choice is to resolve this issue amicably, but we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to defend Salt Lake Comic Con,” Farr said. “But we also hope that by fighting this attack by San Diego Comic-Con, we can set the precedent and eliminate any baseless claims in the future against our company as well as other comic cons across the country.”

“Comic Con” events have indeed sprouted up worldwide in recent years. Reed Exhibitions’ ReedPop division runs New York Comic Con and Reed Exhibitions Australia will open the doors to OZ Comic Con September 6-7 in Brisbane and September 13-14 in Sydney.  Wizard World has a portfolio of 21 shows in cities across the U.S. with “Comic Con” in the name.

Farr has described “comic con” as a term for gatherings of comic book and science fiction buffs that has become generic in recent years. The San Diego organizers of Comic-Con International see it otherwise. They contended in their federal lawsuit that Farr and his co-defendants not only violated trademark laws by using the Comic-Con name, which they coined in 1970, but also allegedly tried to deliberately associate their show with Comic-Con International in order to create a more favorable impression among the public.

The complaint seeks unspecified damages from the Utah organizers as well as a court order barring them from using the Comic Con name.  The organizers of Comic-Con International could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reach Dan Farr at (323) 517-0669 or dan@slcomiccon.com

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