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Jury sides with San Diego Comic-Con in trademark trial

Submit photos: Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 kicks off (Photo: Larry D. Curtis / KUTV)

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.


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