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SDCC: Comic Con International's Response to Salt Lake Comic Con Story

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LOLtron

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Postby LOLtron » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:12 pm

SDCC: Comic Con International's Response to Salt Lake Comic Con Story

In a brief statement, Comic Con International explains their sending of a cease and desist letter to Salt Lake Comic Con over the use of "comic con."




Yesterday, The Outhouse was the first to report on the brewing battle between Comic Con International, the longtime promoter behind events like San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, and Alternative Press Expo, and Salt Lake Comic Con, a convention celebrating its second year this September. In a brief statement to The Outhouse, CCI explained:

"We are the registered owner of the Comic-Con trademark and confusingly similar variants. When confusion arises with regard to our name, we are obligated to protect our mark." - Comic-Con International

 

You can read an overview of the story in our full report here. You can also read our short interview with SLCC co-founder Bryan Brandenburg here.



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HNutz

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Postby HNutz » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:48 pm

If they're going after events using the term "Comic-Con", they have A LOT on their agenda.
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:16 pm

Wait...when the hell did the register the comic con trademark? :smt017
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:10 pm

Here's what really puzzles me. Cci is a non-profit company. What the hell? Maybe they just need to spend some money so the IRS doesn't change their tax status. This is stupid.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:11 pm

I think they trademarked it but couldn't copy right it. Which would mean, no one can use their logo, not the words, right?
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:28 pm

thefourthman wrote:I think they trademarked it but couldn't copy right it. Which would mean, no one can use their logo, not the words, right?

from a legal standpoint, that's exactly what that means.

Plus the logo's have a similar style but only share those 2 words in common.

This is just flat out dumb on SDCC's part.
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CrazyScarecrow

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Postby CrazyScarecrow » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:44 pm

Its nice to know the words "comic" and "convention" are trademarked.
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Anonymous

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Postby Anonymous » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:14 am

San Diego does not own rights to Comic Con - they own rights to Comic-Con, San Diego Comic Con, Comic Con International and San Diego Comic Con International. They tried to trademark Comic Con, but it was too generic and was denied. Their case is baseless.

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=toc&state=4804%3Avkzd46.1.1&p_search=searchss&p_L=50&BackReference=&p_plural=yes&p_s_PARA1=&p_tagrepl~%3A=PARA1%24LD&expr=PARA1+AND+PARA2&p_s_PARA2=comic+con&p_tagrepl~%3A=PARA2%24COMB&p_op_ALL=AND&a_default=search&a_search=Submit+Query&a_search=Submit+Query

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