Jenner & Block

Firm Wins Victory for Warner Brothers when Supreme Court Declines to Take Trademark Suit

Jenner & Block won a victory for client Warner Bros. in a trademark dispute over a fictional computer program featured in the blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.  On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the decision of the Seventh Circuit affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit, filed in 2012 by software maker Fortres Grand Corp.  The company manufactures a software application called “Clean Slate,” which is also the name of a program featured in the movie.  In dismissing the suit, the Courts below held that consumers would not confuse a computer program with a Hollywood movie.  The team representing Warner Bros. includes Partners Andrew H. Bart and Andrew J. Thomas and Associates Lisa J. Kohn and Kate T. Spelman.  News of the Court’s decision was reported in Law360.