Jury sides with San Diego Comic-Con in trademark trial
SAN DIEGO —
UPDATE 12/8/17: A federal jury has ruled that the Salt Lake Comic Con organizers violated a copyright law when they improperly used the words “comic con.”
In a verdict handed down Friday afternoon, the jury sided with San Diego Comic-Con, which sued the Salt Lake event and its organizers, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg. The jury found San Diego Comic-Con’s trademark is valid, and Salt Lake Comic Con used it without permission.
San Diego Comic-Con asked for $12 million, but the jury awarded San Diego Comic-Con $20,000.
Dan Farr told KUTV they plan to appeal.
(KUTV) - A jury is in deliberation after a trial between organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up today.
The two pop-culture conventions - known for comic vendors, cosplay and costume-clad guests and celebrity panels - are at odds over naming rights in a multi-million dollar trial.
The lawsuit filed in Southern California District Court by San Diego Comic-Con, August 7, 2014, accuses Salt Lake Comic Con of trademark violation. Organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con contend there is no legal ownership of the term "comic con" and it's a general term used around the country.
It is not known when a jury is expected to reach a decision.