A judge in California has ruled in favor of Comic Con International and San Diego Comic Con over a trademark lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con. The judge only awarded SDCC $20,000 in damages, but it sets a precedent that could see other comic conventions to change their names.
The judge took issue with SLCC's repeated insistence on reciting the dictionary definition of "con," which the judge found "objectively unreasonable" because no one cares about the dictionary definition of "con." SDCC's defense of "we've been doing this since 1970" worked in their favor.
In addition to the $20,000 in damages, SLCC and defendants Bryan Brandenburg and Daniel Farr have been ordered to pay $4,000,000 in legal fees.