Salt Lake Comic Con announced today that a Federal Magistrate Judge indicated that he was going to enter a schedule of deadlines in the trademark case between it and San Diego Comic-Con International. 

The pretrial schedule is expected to be finalized by the end of July 2015. At issue is Salt Lake Comic Con’s use of the term “COMIC CON.” While the parties are no longer engaged in the District Court’s Early Neutral Evaluation process, Salt Lake Comic Con hopes nonetheless that an out-of-court resolution can still be reached. The details of the negotiations during the ENE period are to be treated by the parties as strictly confidential.

“We will continue to focus our efforts on seeking a favorable settlement and, at the same time, preparing for Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 this September,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “Even with this legal issue we’re still going to have our best event yet.”

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 is scheduled for September 24-26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the third annual Salt Lake Comic Con. Previous Salt Lake Comic Con’s set records for the largest first-time comic con in North America and has quickly become the third largest comic con in the United States. This September, Salt Lake Comic Con organizers anticipate more than 130,000 attendees.

“We’d still prefer to settle and will continue to work towards a solution with San Diego. Right now, however, we are putting our efforts towards another great show for our fans,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “We feel we have a responsibility not only to those fans, but to other comic cons around the country to reach a reasonable settlement.”

Salt Lake Comic Con is represented by Maschoff Brennan, a leading intellectual property and complex litigation firm, in the San Diego Comic Convention, vs. Dan Farr Productions lawsuit. Maschoff Brennan attorneys have been recognized by their clients and peers as being the California “IP Attorney of the Year,” and are named among the “Best Lawyers in America” and Utah’s “Legal Elite.”