SLC Comic Con hit with cease-and-desist letter over the words “Comic Con”

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Lou Ferrigno, Diana Terranova, Stan Lee and Salt Lake Comic Con Founder Dan Farr at the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con.

SALT LAKE CITY — Organizers of the popular Salt Lake Comic Con have been hit with a cease-and-desist letter over the use of the words “Comic Con.”

A letter was sent from lawyers for San Diego Comic-Con International, alleging intellectual property infringement. Salt Lake Comic Con made the letter public, calling the claims “baseless” and “frivolous.”

Read San Diego Comic-Con International’s cease-and-desist letter here:

 

In a statement, Dan Farr Productions, which puts on Salt Lake Comic Con, said it would defend itself and suggested they would continue to use the words “Comic Con.” The organization insisted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has already said “Comic Con” is not trademarked.

“This cease and desist order is baseless and has been attempted before by this organization and has failed. Our primary concern is our fans and making sure we provide them with an event that allows them to meet, great and get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities and pop culture icons,” Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con founder, said in the statement.

“We’re puzzled why Salt Lake Comic Con was apparently singled out amongst the hundreds of Comic Cons around the country and the world. We intend to vigorously defend ourselves from this frivolous action.”

Salt Lake Comic Con is slated to run Sept. 4-6 at the Salt Palace.

8 comments

  • Felix

    Fair enough. I thought the Salt Lake Comic Con was a franchise or relatd to the original. Now I know it is not I will think twice about attending.

    • Craig

      Felix your comment is extraordinarily ignorant. Why should the name or affiliation effect weather you will be attending…..

    • St. Lilith

      After reading the complaint in its entirety, as well as the response, one can see that outside of Anaheim Comic Con, none of the 72 other comic con events worldwide are affiliated or part of a comic con franchise. Yet, only Salt Lake received a cease and desist. Personally, I’m not thinking twice about ever attending SDCC. This seems to me like a bad case of greed.

  • Wayne Tuttle

    So , lets get this straight, according to SLCC argument I should be able to host for profit event called “2014 salt lake comic con afterparty”and nobody from SLCC will call and tell me not to use that name! In addition I should be able to print and sell shirts saying Salt lake Comic Con 2014!

    • Dr. B

      Wayne, there’s a big, BIG legal difference here. In your example, you’re actually using the event’s ENTIRE name, “Salt Lake Comic Con,” to claim affiliation to the event for profit. Salt Lake Comic Con clearly states that they’re the comic convention taking place in SALT LAKE in ALL of their advertising and promotion. They’ve never claimed nor implied affiliation to SDCC, just like the hundreds of other “Cons” throughout the world.

      SDCC’s cease and desist order is nothing more than petty, baseless posturing, and SLCC has only been singled out (in spite of hundreds of other events using the term “Comic Con” in their titles), because they’ve broken nearly every comic book convention record to date. To offer a better example than what you gave, SDCC’s actions are similar to a mega popular car show, named “San Diego Car Show,” sending a cease and desist order to a fast up-and-coming car show that takes place two states away called, “Salt Lake Car Show” for using the term “Car Show,” even though the two events are clearly unaffiliated. At least, to anyone who has half a brain.

      Let’s put it more simply, replace “Comic Con” with “Car Show” or “Antiques Show” or “Fantasy Con” or “Film Con” or any other kind of “Con” out there, and your argument quickly becomes very stupid.

  • matt

    It seems like a terrible decision on the part of san diego. I doubt the authenticity of the letter as the client should be listed as “comic-con international” not “san diego comic con”. Furthermore comic-con international does not run a show called “aneheim comic con” but they do run a show with a registered trademark called “wondercon” which takes place in aneheim. I think this is either a rogue lawfirm or worse slcc trying to drum up publicity.

  • Bill

    Did anyone read the complaint? They drove a skinned vehicle around the San Diego Comic Con convention center, which was advertising for Salt Lake Comic Con, and people called the San Diego Comic Con asking when they had branched out for a new Comic Con in Salt Lake. No other Comic Cons have done this. A slap in the face to the SDCC

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