Rival Conventions Spar Over 'Comic-Con' As Generic Term

Law360, San Francisco (July 25, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT) -- The San Diego Comic Convention and a rival event traded arguments last week on whether the concept of "Comic-Con" was generic, with Dan Farr Productions telling a California federal court the invalid mark had been diluted by copying, and SDCC saying its rival hadn’t met its burden for proving the registered trademark was invalid.

Dan Farr Productions argued in a Saturday filing that U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia should find SDCC’s four registered trademarks invalid, saying the concept for a comic-con was in use and generic before SDCC claimed its trademark rights, adding that even if the mark was valid,...

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