Salt Lake Comic Con responds to lawsuit over the words ‘Comic Con’

Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-23 09:09:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con have responded to a lawsuit filed over the use of the words “comic con.”

In the filing in a federal court in San Diego late Monday and obtained by FOX 13, Salt Lake Comic Con producers Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg denied infringing on San Diego Comic-Con’s trademarks or intellectual property by using the words “comic con.”

Farr and Brandenburg’s attorneys included a long list of conventions that use “Comic Con” in their name that have not drawn legal action from San Diego Comic-Con, including: New York, Denver, Emerald City, Phoenix and Ohio.

Read the filing here:

“On information and belief, the general public understands the words ‘comic con’ or ‘comic-con’ to refer generally to a comic convention and does not associate these words with any particular source of such conventions,” they wrote.

In the filing, Farr and Brandenburg seek to have the lawsuit dismissed, or a jury trial to settle the claims.

San Diego Comic-Con filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con accusing it of trying to capitalize on its copyrights. Farr fired back, insisting they had every right to use the words “comic con.”