San Diego Comic-Con to take Salt Lake to court over trademark issue

San Diego Comic-Con to take Salt Lake to court over trademark issue

San Diego Comic-Con continues to insist that use of Comic Con name by Salt Lake confuse people into thinking that the two pop events are related.

Bryan Brandenburg, co-founder of Salt Lake Comic Con, announced on Thursday that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) granted their application to the trademark, and expressed hope that PTO's decision would virtually put an end to trademark legal battle.

But organizers of San Diego Comic-Con disagree with Brandenburg's comments. They are still planning to take Salt Lake to a federal court to resolve the issue.

The San Diego event's attorney Peter Hahn said the Supplemental Registration would have no effect on the continuing infringement litigation.

Speaking on the issue, Hahn added, "San Diego Comic Convention will continue to protect its incontestable rights in the Comic-Con mark until Dan Farr Productions discontinues infringement of the Comic-Con mark - even if that means having the Court force Dan Farr Productions to comply with the law."

Salt Lake tried to make its event different by not placing a hyphen between comic and con. But San Diego organizers argue that the similarity of the words "comic con" is enough to confuse people.

A date for trial hasn't yet been set. Attorneys for the two conventions are slated to meet again on August 14, 2015.

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