Nerdom reigns supreme. Want proof? Comic-Con. A place where
grown men and women routinely dress up as their favorite fictional
characters and let out their inner fangirl or boy without fear that
some jock is lurking around the corner.
Comic-Con International took place over the weekend in San
Diego. The hallmark Comic-Con event drew record crowds as the
creative teams and stars behind many of today's most popular
television shows and movies descended on Ron Burgundy's
One group of attendees, however, was not so welcome at the
event. Organizers from the upcoming Salt Lake City Comic Con
(notice the lack of a hyphen) made the (star) trek to San Diego
with a promotional Audi and planned to use it for photo ops with
celebrities scheduled to attend the Utah-based event. In turn,
counsel for the San Diego Comic Convention ("SDCC") sent
a letter to the Salt Lake City organizers demanding they
"cease and desist" using "Comic Con" in their
SDCC holds a federally registered trademark on
"Comic-Con" with a hyphen, which bestowed certain
(super)powers on SDCC related to the mark. Notably, SDCC abandoned
efforts to trademark "Comic Con" without a hyphen in
1995. This created a form of kryptonite organizers of similar
events may use to fight off the powers SDCC received when it
obtained the mark "Comic-Con." Indeed, hundreds of events
use the "Comic Con" moniker and at least one event has
prevailed against SDCC's attempt to prevent the use of "Comic Con" in the
past. If the dispute results in litigation, the outcome could
create a precedent that will lead to the destruction of all events
using the name Comic Con that are not sanctioned by the SDCC.
Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice . . . Can the Comic Cons make
peace? Will they reach a resolution in time to prevent mass
hysteria within the nerd community? Only time will tell. Until
then, trust in the Justice League (and the judicial system).
(Shoutout to Chris Woodruff from Select Actuarial Services for
playing the Robin to our Batman in suggesting we blog about this
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