Warner Bros. Beats IP Suit Over Batman Movie Software

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT) -- Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. on Thursday escaped an unusual trademark suit over the fictional "clean slate" software featured in the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" when an Indiana judge ruled consumers would not confuse it with a real software product of the same name.

U.S. District Judge Philip P. Simon rejected the theory of Fortres Grand Corp., the maker of Clean Slate computer security software, that there is trademark infringement when a fictional product bears the same name as a real one. The company claimed sales of Clean Slate have dipped by more than half since "The Dark Knight Rises," part...

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