In this Sept. 4 photo, Jessica Nowan (left) and Caitlin Grandstaff (right) stand in line for the Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

In this Sept. 4 photo, Jessica Nowan (left) and Caitlin Grandstaff (right) stand in line for the Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Yakima’s Comic Con waiting on trademark lawsuit

A court ruled that San Diego Comic-Con had the legal trademark for the phrase “Comic-Con.”

  • Donald W. Meyers Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:59am
  • BusinessNorthwest

By Donald W. Meyers / Yakima Herald-Republic

Yakima’s Central City Comic Con will hold off on a name change after one of the nation’s largest comic conventions won a trademark lawsuit.

A federal district court jury in San Diego ruled earlier this month that San Diego Comic-Con had the legal trademark for the phrase “Comic-Con” and its variations, and that Salt Lake Comic Con infringed on it.

San Diego’s convention organizers were awarded $20,000 in damages, as opposed to the $12 million it sought in the three-year-old lawsuit.

Yakima’s comic convention started in 2015, and is one of more than 100 conventions that uses “Comic Con” in their names.

“I don’t know how you can trademark two words that are common,” said Jamie Burns, Central City Comic Con events coordinator.

She said Yakima’s convention organizers are taking a wait-and-see attitude, watching to see whether the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle or Portland’s Rose City Comic Con change their names in response.

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