9th Circ. Sides With San Diego Comic-Con In Trademark Fight

By Bill Donahue (April 21, 2020, 1:17 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday sided with the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con in a long-running trademark battle against a smaller "Comic-Con," rejecting the argument that the abbreviation was a generic term.

The organizers of a rival "Salt Lake Comic Con" argued that the term had long been used as a generic abbreviation of "comic convention," but the appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling rejecting that argument.

"The district court concluded that the evidence tendered by the defendants was insufficient to support their argument that the term 'Comic-Con' was generic before SDCC's first use, and we find no error in...

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