In September, the video game website Kotaku reported that organizers for GaymerCon, an effort to convene the “first gaming and geek lifestyle convention with a focus on LGBT culture,” dramatically exceeded its initial $25,000 funding goal by raising $91,389 and ensuring that the event can be held next August in San Francisco. However, Kotaku reported on Christmas that just as soon as GaymerCon had organized its first ever meeting, a trademark issue arose as the individual who owns gaymer.org “even sent a cease-and-desist letter over to Reddit for its r/gaymer subreddit.”
GaymerCon Creative Director Matt Conn told the video game news website Game Politics that organizers were “trying to negotiate some sort of licensing deal with an unnamed rights holder related to a copyrighted name that was similar to the name of their event.” However, they determined those options “were not cost effective and would take important funds away from the actual event,” instead deciding that it would be easier to change the name of the convention.
As this video explains, the event will now be called “Gaymer X” and the community’s recently launched website is being called “GaymerConnect.” Game Politics also noted that Gaymer X organizers said the rights holder—who did not wish to be identified—was “very pleasant to deal with.” Conn told Game Politics that all of the other details about the convention will remain the same.
It can certainly be beneficial for both parties in a trademark infringement case when they arrive at a resolution without having to endure a costly, protracted legal battle. However, theft or misuse of a registered trademark is a serious matter, and Los Angeles business litigation attorney Robert Klein has more than a quarter-century of experience successfully protecting trademarked material for his clients. You can find additional information about publicity rights on our website. If you or your company has been the victim of such infringement, use the form on this page or contact our firm at (323) 405-1002 to have our Los Angeles trademark infringement attorney review your case.
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