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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hello, my name is JD Houvener, and I am the founding partner at Bold IP Law Firm. It is my pleasure to introduce our latest blog article, which focuses on Comic-Con and how trademarks have significantly influenced its name and trajectory moving forward.

Before diving into the article, let me give you a brief introduction to our law firm. We are a boutique firm specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Our attorneys possess a business-minded approach, aiming not just for short-term protection of intellectual property but also considering the long-term needs of entrepreneurs and business owners. We strive to help you monetize your rights as you navigate the marketplace.

This particular blog article was penned by our research expert, Dan Tron, who has a personal interest in comics and collectibles. His enthusiasm for the topic is evident in his writing, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as he enjoyed writing it.

I will share the article with you shortly, and I look forward to reading your comments on social media. As always, our blog features captivating images and is updated at least once a week with fresh content. To find our latest posts, visit and navigate to the “News” tab, where you can access the blog.

The focus of this article is on a recent court decision that has implications for the Comic-Con name. Specifically, a court in Utah decided this past December that the term “Comic-Con” belongs exclusively to the conference held in San Diego. Utah, along with over 120 other locations, had attempted to use the term, arguing that it has become generic and merely signifies a comic conference. However, the judge in the first federal circuit ruled against Utah, resulting in fines and a mandatory name change for their conference.

This ruling could have significant implications for other conference holders and we are interested in hearing your thoughts on this matter. If you would like to discuss this further, feel free to give us a call to book a free consultation.

If we don’t hear from you, have a great day and remember: Go big, go bold!

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at