High Court Won't Hear 'Dark Knight' Trademark Case

Law360, New York (January 12, 2015, 1:29 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take on a trademark lawsuit over a fictional computer program featured in "The Dark Knight Rises" called "Clean Slate," which also happens to be the name of a real-life software application.

Software maker Fortres Grand Corp. sued Warner Bros. in 2012 over the fictional Clean Slate — a program that lets Gotham City's criminals erase their criminal records — claiming its mention in the movie and the film's marketing campaign had caused sales of the real-life software, which merely removes spyware and viruses, to drop more than 50 percent.

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