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The First Circuit Casts a Shadow on Sunbeam

In the recently decided case, Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit took a hardline position that trademark license rights are not protected in bankruptcy....more

Recent Bankruptcy Decision Raises Questions for Trademark Licensees

by Dickinson Wright on

If you are a licensee under a trademark license, what happens to your license if the licensor winds up in the Bankruptcy Court? A recent United States Circuit Court case demonstrates how uncertain the answer is at this time....more

Mission Product Holdings Inc v Tempnology LLC First Circuit on a Mission Reverses Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

Anyone who practices bankruptcy or intellectual property law and follows the intersection of the two knows Congress responded to the Fourth Circuit’s ruling in Lubrizol by enacting 11 U.S.C. § 365(n) (“Section 365(n)”)....more

Blog: Throwing Shade At Sunbeam: Following Lubrizol And Not The Seventh Circuit, The First Circuit Leaves Another Trademark...

by Cooley LLP on

The Tempnology Trademark Saga. When it comes to decisions on bankruptcy and trademark licenses, the In re Tempnology LLC bankruptcy case is the gift that keeps on giving. The Original. It all started in November 2015....more

Trademark Licenses . . . Again

A long-running issue concerning the treatment of trademark licenses in bankruptcy has seen a new milestone with the January 12 decision of the First Circuit in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The issue was...more

A Patent Law Dispute Before the Supreme Court This Term Could Have a Major Impact on U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a patent dispute case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. Although the case has nothing to do with bankruptcy law, its outcome could have a...more

4 Top Takeaways: Recent Trends Involving Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy

Kilpatrick Townsend partner David Posner spoke at a recent New York State Bar Association event where he and other panelists discussed the topic “Around the Edges of IP: Complexities of IP in Bankruptcy.” Mr. Posner...more

Litigation Funders’ Collateral Did Not Include Malpractice Claims

When the fallout from failed intellectual-property litigation collides with bankruptcy, the complexities may be dizzying enough, but when the emerging practices and imperatives of litigation financing are imposed on those...more

Whoomp! There It Is: A Copyright Judgment Creditor’s Final Recovery

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

24 years after Tag Team’s hit song “Whoomp! (There It Is)” topped the charts, a long and ugly dispute regarding ownership rights to the song and related copyright infringement damages has been settled in bankruptcy court. The...more

Delaware Court Holds that Trademark License Cannot be Assigned Without Consent

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently decided that a debtor could not assign a trademark license absent the consent of the licensor. The court concluded that federal trademark law and the terms of the license precluded...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #3

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649: Respondent Jevic Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This spawned two lawsuits. ...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

Trademarks, Trade Names Not Protected by Bankruptcy Law, but Licensee Rights Prevail

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing a circuit split over a trademark licensee’s rights following a debtor/licensor’s bankruptcy, the US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) for the First Circuit held that, although trademarks and trade names are not...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – January 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector - Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all...more

First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Recognizes Rights of Trademark Licensees in Bankruptcy

by BakerHostetler on

The First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently issued a decision recognizing the rights of trademark licensees when the trademark’s owner files for bankruptcy. In Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Rejecting Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy: In re Tempnology

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The decision provides some additional, though limited protection for licensees of trademarks in bankruptcy proceedings. Introduction - In In re Tempnology LLC,1 the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (the BAP) for the...more

First Circuit BAP Protects Trademark Licensees In Bankruptcy Despite Section 365(n)

The First Circuit recently issued an important interpretation of bankruptcy law that directly impacts trademark licensing rights. In In re Tempnology LLC, 559 B.R. 809 (1st Cir. BAP 2016), the First Circuit Bankruptcy...more

IP Licenses & Bankruptcy Laws (Part 1)

by Field Law on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Blog: A Beam Of Sun For Trademark Licensees: Another Appellate Court Holds Rejection Does Not Terminate A Trademark Licensee’s...

by Cooley LLP on

The In re Tempnology LLC bankruptcy case in New Hampshire has produced yet another important decision involving trademarks and Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code. This time the decision is from the United States Bankruptcy...more

My Intellectual Property Licensor is Bankrupt – Now What?

by Fish & Richardson on

Bankruptcy presents risks for, among many others, intellectual property (“IP”) licensees. Fortunately, there is a provision in the federal bankruptcy law that is designed to protect IP licensees when a licensor becomes...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2016

Circuit Courts Align to Shield SEC Administrative Proceedings from Collateral Constitutional Attack - In response to the financial crisis of the late 2000s, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

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There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...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

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