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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 …