(Good 4 Utah) There are new developments this week in the case of Salt Lake Comic Con’s dispute with San Diego’s Comic Con. It all has to do with comic book legend Stan Lee. Bryan Brandenburg explains the latest developments. Two years ago, during its convention in San Diego, San Diego Comic Con International (“SDCC”) served Salt Lake Comic Con with a cease and desist letter trying to prevent Salt Lake Comic Con from using the term “Comic Con.”
When Salt Lake Comic Con declined, SDCC filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Salt Lake Comic Con from using the term “Comic Con,” for any future event, logo, trademark, or website, and further claimed ownership of all variations of the generic term “Comic Con.”
This week comic book legend Stan Lee announced the rebranding of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo to Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is scheduled for October 28-30, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where it’s been held since 2011.
Salt Lake Comic Con founders feel that this is a huge validation in their ongoing legal issue with San Diego Comic Con International. With this change, Stan Lee’s event has joined the group of over one hundred comics conventions branded as “comic cons.” They say this is the “latest high-profile moniker establishing that ‘comic con’ is a generic term used by the comics community to refer to comics conventions.”