Houston has been known as “Space City” thanks to its association with NASA for decades. But if you’re an organization looking to promote tourism in the area — you can’t use “Space City” unless you get permission first.
That’s what the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has claimed in a new lawsuit against the up-and-coming Space City Comic Con, asserting that the tourism group owns the trademark to “Space City.”
That particular convention has only existed since 2012, growing from a gathering that started in a hotel lobby, to the NRG Center — the 1.4 million-square-foot convention center in Houston that offers space ranging from 40,000 to 168,000 square feet. This year’s guest roster includes William Shatner from the original “Star Trek” as well as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” starts Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis. Also scheduled to appear are Rene Auberjonois from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Michael Welch from “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and James Doohan’s son, Chris Doohan, all over Memorial Day weekend.
The trademark, according to the Houston Chronicle, is narrow in scope, limiting its protection to “efforts that promote tourism, business and conventions in the greater Houston area.”