A court ruling gave San Diego Comic-Con a decisive victory in usage of its name. A federal judge placed an injunction Salt Lake convention using the phrase “Comic Con” and a $4 million bill in attorney and court costs.
The ruling states that Salt Lake organizers cannot use the term on social media, nor even advertise the phrase “formerly known as Salt Lake Comic Con.”A jury last year found Salt Lake infringing on trademarks with use of the phrase. However, Salt Lake was only ordered to pay $20,000 in corrective advertising. This descion was handed down after Salt Lake requested a new hearing.
Salt Lake Comic Con has now rebranded as FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention. Salt Lake are not required to destroy already made merchandise and marketing materials with their name associated with the “Comic con” term.