Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con want more time in lawsuit settlement talks

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SALT LAKE CITY — The organizers of San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con appear to be inching closer to reaching a settlement over who can use the words “comic con.”

Lawyers for both sides told a federal judge this week that they continue to negotiate a settlement in the ongoing litigation, but asked for more time. In a motion filed in a San Diego federal court, both sides asked for trial deadlines to be extended.

“The parties believe that focusing their immediate time and resources on settlement will further facilitate negotiations,” the lawyers wrote.

From the court filing:

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In 2014, San Diego Comic-Con filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dan Farr Productions, which puts on the popular Salt Lake Comic Con. The dispute is over the words “comic con.” San Diego Comic-Con accused its Salt Lake counterpart of attempting to “capitalize on SDCC’s creativity, ingenuity and hard work through the unauthorized use of SDCC’s trademarks to advertise and promote Defendants’ own popular arts convention titled ‘Salt Lake Comic Con.'”

Dan Farr Productions has pointed out it obtained a trademark for Salt Lake Comic Con, and responded in court documents that other events across the country have used the words “comic con.”

In October, Salt Lake Comic Con confirmed to FOX 13 it had begun settlement talks, but would not say if it would keep using the words “comic con.”