Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 3rd, 2015 Update on San Diego/Salt Lake City "Comic Con" Trademark Lawsuit

Judge to Enter Schedule in Trademark Case Between Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con International

- Schedule of Deadlines for Pretrial Activities to Be Set -

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Salt Lake Comic Con ( announced today that a Federal Magistrate Judge indicated that he was going to enter a schedule of deadlines in the trademark case between it and San Diego Comic-Con International. The pretrial schedule is expected to be finalized by the end of July 2015. At issue is Salt Lake Comic Con’s use of the term “COMIC CON.” While the parties are no longer engaged in the District Court’s Early Neutral Evaluation process, Salt Lake Comic Con hopes nonetheless that an out-of-court resolution can still be reached. The details of the negotiations during the ENE period are to be treated by the parties as strictly confidential.

    “We feel we have a responsibility not only to those fans, but to other comic cons around the country to reach a reasonable settlement.”

“We will continue to focus our efforts on seeking a favorable settlement and, at the same time, preparing for Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 this September,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “Even with this legal issue we’re still going to have our best event yet.”

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 is scheduled for September 24-26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the third annual Salt Lake Comic Con. Previous Salt Lake Comic Con’s set records for the largest first-time comic con in North America and has quickly become the third largest comic con in the United States. This September, Salt Lake Comic Con organizers anticipate more than 130,000 attendees.

“We’d still prefer to settle and will continue to work towards a solution with San Diego. Right now, however, we are putting our efforts towards another great show for our fans,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “We feel we have a responsibility not only to those fans, but to other comic cons around the country to reach a reasonable settlement.”

Salt Lake Comic Con is represented by Maschoff Brennan, a leading intellectual property and complex litigation firm, in the San Diego Comic Convention, vs. Dan Farr Productions lawsuit. Maschoff Brennan attorneys have been recognized by their clients and peers as being the California “IP Attorney of the Year,” and are named among the “Best Lawyers in America” and Utah’s “Legal Elite.”

Salt Lake Comic Con is organized by Dan Farr Productions in partnership with ABC4/CW30 of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Dan Farr Productions is an event and marketing group devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium celebrities and brands in the pop culture arena. Dan Farr Productions is dedicated to producing spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our consumers, fans, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Find out more at:,

Maschoff Brennan is a full-service intellectual property (IP) and commercial litigation law firm based in Park City, Utah, with offices also in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Irvine, California. MB is dedicated to providing unparalleled service and exceptional value to both domestic and international technology clients. MB specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, IP litigation and counseling, patent post-grant review, domain name disputes, trade secret protection, IP licensing and transactions, and IP portfolio management. In addition, the firm offers a full range of complex litigation services. Find out more at:

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