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Who Gets Paid? Section 365(N) Royalty Payments Under "Zombie Licenses" After A Sale Of Ip, Christopher G. Bradley Aug 2016

Who Gets Paid? Section 365(N) Royalty Payments Under "Zombie Licenses" After A Sale Of Ip, Christopher G. Bradley

Christopher Bradley

This short article discusses the Bankruptcy Code's unusual treatment of certain intellectual property licenses. First, it gives a brief overview of § 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code. It then provides a short analysis of a difficult but important question: If a licensee of a debtor’s intellectual property opts to retain its license rights under § 365(n), who should receive the stream of licensing payments in the event that the IP is sold: the buyer of the IP, or the debtor in bankruptcy? The answer that has emerged in some of the case law is somewhat surprising -- after providing nuanced …


Behind Closed Doors: The Influence Of Creditors In Business Reorganizations, Michelle M. Harner, Jamie Marincic Jan 2011

Behind Closed Doors: The Influence Of Creditors In Business Reorganizations, Michelle M. Harner, Jamie Marincic

Michelle M. Harner

General corporate law delegates the power to manage a corporation to the board of directors. The board in turn acts as a fiduciary and generally owes its duties to the corporation and its shareholders. Many courts and commentators summarize the board’s primary objective as maximizing shareholder wealth. Accordingly, one would expect a board’s conduct to be governed largely by the interests of the corporation and its shareholders. Yet, anecdotal and increasing empirical evidence suggest that large creditors wield significant influence over their corporate debtors. Although this influence is most apparent as the corporation approaches insolvency, the strength of the creditors’ …