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Tempting Fate: What Trademark Licensees Stand to Lose (or Win)

The Bankruptcy Code gives special protections to licensees of intellectual property when a debtor, as licensor, seeks to reject the license. However, the Bankruptcy Code does not include trademarks in its definition of “intellectual property.” So, are licensees of trademarks given any protection when debtors reject trademark licenses? If the Supreme Court grants a recent … Continue Reading

Understanding the Special Protections Afforded Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code grants special rights to licensees of intellectual property. It is imperative for in-house counsel to have at least a basic understanding of how intellectual property is treated under the Bankruptcy Code, and the rights and obligations of parties to intellectual property licenses. My colleague Grace King and I recently wrote a chapter entitled … Continue Reading

Are Trademark Licenses Protected In A Licensor Bankruptcy? The Circuits Are Split.

Certain licensees of intellectual property are expressly given expanded rights when their licensors file bankruptcy.  But what about trademark licensees?  Trademarks are not among the defined categories of “intellectual property” for bankruptcy purposes.  Nonetheless, are trademark licensees otherwise protected in a licensor bankruptcy?  Unfortunately for these licensees, a recent circuit court decision put the brakes … Continue Reading
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