High Court Says Bankrupt Brands Can't Nix TM Licenses

By Bill Donahue and Alex Wolf (May 20, 2019, 10:25 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that defunct brand-owning companies cannot use bankruptcy law to unilaterally revoke a trademark license, settling a circuit split that had been called "the most significant unresolved legal issue in trademark licensing."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday resolved a circuit split over whether a belly-up trademark owner can use bankruptcy to revoke a license. (AP)

By an 8-1 vote, the justices ruled that a bankrupt company's decision to "reject" an existing contract does not revoke a trademark licensee's right to continue using the mark.

The decision defines the extent of certain protections granted to debtors...

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