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IP Licenses & Bankruptcy Laws (Part 1)

When a company goes through bankruptcy, it’s a process that can up-end all of the company’s contractual relationships. When that bankrupt company is a licensor of intellectual property, then the license agreement can be one...more

Five Things You Should Know for 2017 About Cross-Border IP Licensing and Insolvency Law

Brexit. Trump. The year 2016 can be characterized as one of unpredicted results and impending uncertainty. In June, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union and in November, a tumultuous presidential campaign in...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy?

The Issue - There has been written a plethora of articles about Bankruptcy Code §365(n) regarding the rights of parties to license agreements when the licensor files a bankruptcy and rejects a license agreement....more

Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

Three Point Shot - June 2016

Showtime and Top Rank Slug It out over "Fight of the Century" - Who said boxing was dead? Fight fans still bitter over the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao bout that was far more mega-bore than mega-brawl...more

Bachmanity – From Sizzle to Fizzle and Maybe Bachruptcy (Silicon Valley – Episode 24)

At its heart, Episode 24 was about relationships – from the wayward dating lives of Richard and Dinesh to Big Head and Ehrlich’s marriage of “Bachmanity”, the Pied Piper entourage found themselves faced with the messy...more

Alleviate the Fear of a License Counterparty Filing for Bankruptcy

A legitimate fear among companies negotiating license agreements exists, and that is the fear of the license counterparty filing for bankruptcy. Given the business interruption that ultimately could occur as a result of a...more

Emerging Cybersecurity Company’s Distress Offers Important Lessons for Licensees and Lenders

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Cyber Solutions International LLC v. Pro Marketing Sales, Inc. Although the decision blazes no new legal territory, the...more

The Impact of Rejection on Trademark Licensees’ Rights in Bankruptcy: the Latest Decision on an Issue that Has Courts Divided

A decision by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire is the latest of a handful of cases in the past few years to weigh in on a circuit split as to whether a licensor of trademark rights can fully terminate a...more

Blog: A Reminder Of The Limits Of Section 365(n)’s Licensee Protection

A decision last month by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire serves as a good reminder that, although helpful, Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n)’s protection for intellectual property licensees definitely...more

Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy and the Exclusion of Trademark Licenses from the Definition of Intellectual Property

The Bankruptcy Code divides intellectual property into distinct categories depending upon the particular type of intellectual property. Issues with respect to intellectual property can be of utmost importance in bankruptcy,...more

What Every Technology Company Needs to Know About Assumption, Assumption and Assignment, Or Rejection Of Its Contracts In...

Technology companies can preserve both significant sums of money and valuable intellectual property rights if they take action when a customer or business partner files for bankruptcy protection....more

CR&B Alert: Commercial Restructuring & Bankrtupcy News - October 2015, No. 3

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Readers who wish to print and read the newsletter in its entirety may do so by...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - May 2015

In this issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

Insolvency: What Every Technology Company Needs to Know About Claims Against Bankrupt Customers And Business Partners

Every year, otherwise successful technology companies lose untold sums of money and valuable intellectual property rights because they do not act when a customer or business partner files for bankruptcy protection. Far less...more

Eighth Circuit Says Focus is on the Intent of the Debtor in Fraudulent Transfer Law, Does Not Address Ponzi Scheme Presumption

This case is the product of yet another dispute in the extensive, multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated by Tom Petters. In 2005, as the sole board member of Petters Group Worldwide, LLC (“PGW”), Petters directed the...more

Intellectual property rights under German insolvency law

German insolvency case law on intellectual property rights has experienced rapid development in recent years, while attempts by the German legislature to regulate this subject with precision have repeatedly failed. The...more

Delaware Joins the 7th and 9th Circuits in Protecting Trademark License Owners from Non-consensual Bankruptcy Assumptions and...

The bankruptcy court in Delaware recently joined a number of bankruptcy courts in other jurisdictions protecting trademark owners’ rights to prohibit a debtor from either assuming or assigning a trademark without the...more

Blog: Trump Card: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Deals Trademark Owner The Winning Hand Over A Debtor Licensee

Risky Business. When a debtor is a licensee under a trademark license agreement, does it risk losing those license rights when it files bankruptcy? The question had not been answered in a Delaware bankruptcy case until Judge...more

In re Charles W. Dowdy - U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. Mississippi, January 28, 2015

Mississippi bankruptcy court holds that agreement encompassing both settlement agreement resolving claims for past-due performance royalties and contemporaneously executed ASCAP licensing agreements is not a single agreement,...more

Insured’s Noncompliance With Notice Provision Prohibits Judgment Creditor From Collecting

In its Memorandum and Recommendation on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in Kipp Flores Architects, LLC v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, case number 4:14-cv-02702 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 9, 2015), the United States District Court for...more

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

In the not too distant past, there was a school of thought that a covenant not to sue (CNTS) had a different legal effect than a patent license in the US. Differences I frequently heard included a CNTS does not run with the...more

Trademark Licensees May Be Protected in a Licensor’s Bankruptcy Even After a “Free and Clear” Sale

The Bankruptcy Code generally permits intellectual property licensees to continue using licensed property despite a licensor’s bankruptcy filing. However, because the “intellectual property” definition in the Bankruptcy Code...more

Blog: What Did The ABI Chapter 11 Commission Recommend On Intellectual Property Licenses And Bankruptcy Issues?

The American Bankruptcy Institute‘s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 issued its report last week, capping more than two years of hearings, meetings, and hard work. Having had the honor of testifying before the...more

Business Litigation Report -- December 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: - Cloud Computing: Legal Issues on the Horizon Noted With Interest: - Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v....more

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