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The Idaho State Journal ran this AP article on Wednesday, December 2, about trademark infringement litigation between the San Diego Comic-Con and the Salt Lake Comic Con. The Associated Press (probably actually a reporter for one of the Salt Lake papers) notes that the parties appear close to a settlement of the lawsuit, but it is a little confused about the legalities.

4The San Diego Comic-Con has run conventions in California for years, while Dan Farr Productions of Draper, Utah has run the Salt Lake Comic Con since 2013. More than 120,000 people attended the SLCC this year, in spite of a trademark infringement suit filed last year by the San Diego group in 2014.

The San Diego group (SDCC) has a number of registered trademarks, including the design mark


There’s a lot to be learned about the legal and the business ends of the trademark and marketing business by studying what gets approved and used as marks. There is also a lot to be learned about life in this world. Since I flip through the Trademark Official Gazette every week anyway — that’s where all the newly-approved trademarks get published — I thought I’d use this space to share a few gems that I come across.

I don’t think they quite get the point of this business: Both of these marks appeared in last week’s Gazette, approved for registration in International Class 25 for wide ranges of women’s clothing:

I’m back! After three years in a temporary stint as General Counsel for Idaho State University, I am returning to my regularly-scheduled practice, including intellectual property and internet law. We thought this blog would be a good place for me to answer some of the questions that people commonly have about these topics. If you have one that you would like to see addressed on these pages, write me at and I will try to answer.

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