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“Crumbs” of Hope for Trademark Licensees

You are a trademark licensee, and your licensor suddenly declares bankruptcy. Then, to make matters worse, the bankruptcy trustee rejects your licensing agreement. What does this mean for you? Although intellectual...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

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Extends Unusual Protection to Trademark Licensees Under Section 365(n)

A recent Bankruptcy Court decision in New Jersey took an unusual approach in determining the rights of the debtors’ trademark licensees following the debtors’ rejection of the licenses as executory contracts. In In re Crumbs...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Upholds Trademark Licensees' Rights to Use Trademark Despite Licensor's Bankruptcy

In In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287 (Bankr. D.N.J., Oct. 31, 2014), Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey held that trademark licenses may be entitled, under a...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Decision Protects Rights of Trademark Licensees - "Free and Clear" Sale of a Trademark or Intellectual...

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion in In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287-MBK that provides significant protections for trademark licensees. The opinion was issued on...more

Blog: The Trend Of Protecting Trademark Licensees In Bankruptcy Continues: For The First Time A Court Extends Section 365(n)...

The latest example comes in the Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in New Jersey. On October 31, 2014, Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey rejected a motion by...more

AIPPI's resolution on "IP Licensing and Insolvency": Will this re-ignite legislative initiatives in Germany?

During its 44th congress in Toronto, on September 17, 2014, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) adopted a resolution on "IP Licensing and Insolvency". The resolution regarding...more

Supreme Court’s Denial of Certiorari Strengthens Intellectual Property Licensees’ Protections in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides mechanisms for dealing with cases of cross-border insolvency. On Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., denied review of a decision of the...more

Blog: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review In Jaffe v. Samsung, Letting Stand The Fourth Circuit’s Decision Applying Section 365(n) To...

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order denying the petition for a writ of certiorari in the Jaffe v. Samsung case, also known as the Qimonda case. The Supreme Court let stand the Fourth Circuit’s...more

Receiver Appointed To Oversee Sell-Off Of Corporation's Intellectual Property

When I wrote last week about Americana Development, Inc. v. Ebius Trading & Distributing Co., the Business Court had entered a TRO against the Defendants prohibiting them from disposing of the intellectual property of...more

Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property: Trademark Licenses, Chapter 15, and Pending Legislation

Introduction - Recent cases have addressed the interplay between intellectual property and bankruptcy, including trademark licenses and Section 365(n)’s application in Chapter 15 cases. Proposed legislation could...more

Where Bankruptcy Law and Intellectual Property Law Intersect

The intersection of bankruptcy law and intellectual property law is not a very nice neighborhood. Anyone dealing with intellectual property license agreements must think about how these agreements are affected if one party to...more

Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred...more

The Eighth Circuit Weighs In on Trademark Licenses as Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Lewis Bros. Bakeries, Inc. v. Interstate Brands Corp. (In re Interstate Bakeries Corp.) - An en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed an earlier ruling of the same court finding that a...more

Business Litigation Report -- July 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..The Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Differences from the Common Law and from State to State - Noted With Interest: ..Enforceability of Settlement Terms in California...more

July 2014: Bankruptcy and Restructuring Update

Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy—Uncertainties Remain Following the Eighth Circuit’s En Banc Decision in Interstate Bakeries. The bankruptcy of a party to an intellectual property license presents serious...more

The North Carolina General Assembly Nears Passage of Significant Legislation Affecting Business

The North Carolina General Assembly is working on significant legislation affecting the state’s business legal climate. The Legislature is one vote away from adopting Senate Bill 853 (SB 853)[1], which is intended to improve...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

Trademark License Not Subject To Rejection In Bankruptcy In Certain Circumstances

Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 365, a debtor or bankruptcy trustee has the option, subject to court approval, of electing one of the following three alternatives with respect to an executory contract: (a) assuming the contract, (b)...more

Seventh Circuit says Sherlock Holmes is still copyright-free

A district court decision declaring that the character of Sherlock Holmes is copyright-free was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in a unanimous decision written by Circuit Judge Richard Posner....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Lack of Standing for Failure to List Copyright as Bankruptcy Asset

Voss v. Knotts et al. - In a concise, unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a copyright suit on the...more

Patent Reform Bill, And Its Revisions To Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n), Stalls In The Senate

In December 2013 I wrote about the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, a bill focused on patent infringement litigation and other patent law reforms that passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. My interest in the...more

Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy

What is IP in the Bankruptcy World? - In bankruptcy, intellectual property (IP) licenses are considered property of the bankruptcy estate, and a bankrupt party can do a variety of things with these licenses. It is...more

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