Batman Film Infringes Software Trademark, 7th Circ. Hears
By Lance Duroni
Law360, Chicago (December 10, 2013, 3:32 PM ET) -- A software developer on Tuesday pressed the Seventh Circuit to revive its unusual claim that a fictional computer program in the Warner Bros. film “The Dark Knight Rises” infringes its software trademark, arguing that the movie confused potential customers and caused sales to plummet.
Fortres Grand Corp. contends that the Indiana federal judge who tossed its suit against Warner Bros. failed to recognize that the First Amendment doesn't protect parties from liability for speech that is likely to cause significant customer confusion.