The jury has spoken. After a saga worth of Homer, Comic-Con is a valid trademark.

The battle began when, the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the 50-year old grandaddy of fan conventions, sued the producers of Salt Lake Comic Con for infringement. As we previously reported, the defendants struck back by asserting that

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A federal judge in San Diego has cleared for trial a case that may strip San Diego Comic-Con from trademark protection.

First, some background. Even a registered trademark such as Comic-Con can lose protection if it becomes generic, that is, if consumers