• Posts Tagged ‘bankruptcy’

    The Successful Gambit

    by  • May 22, 2017 • patent • 0 Comments

    There’s nothing like a good procedural end run. Some people think it’s not sporting, but they are often very efficient. In re Hansen is a bankruptcy case with a history. Karl Hansen owned some US and foreign patents that he licensed to PixArt Imaging Inc. in 2008. Karl and Lisa Hansen filed for Chapter...

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    Cutting to the Chase

    by  • October 17, 2016 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Props to the bankruptcy court in the Eastern District of North Carolina for cutting through to the meat of a trademark ownership dispute. We have a company, B6USA, Inc., doing business as “BaySix,” in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. B6USA was formed in March 2005 and was solely owned by Katherine D. Hite, who was also...

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    Two for One

    by  • March 12, 2015 • copyright • 1 Comment

    I like the cross-over of different legal disciplines. Ownership issues arise as part of an infringement claim, but also come up in trusts and estates, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and bankruptcy. These cases can end in an unexpected way, sometimes happening because there is a failure to understand exactly how the various trademark, copyright...

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    Remember the Details

    by  • October 13, 2014 • copyright • 0 Comments

    This case demonstrates why you follow up to make sure tasks get completed. Sometimes it’s the little details that get you … Vincent Heck is the sole member of plaintiff Clarity Software LLC, a company that distributes software. Heck wrote the original software, owned a couple of companies and licensed the software to those...

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    When is a Trademark License Not a License?

    by  • July 9, 2014 • trademark • 0 Comments

    The legal significance of a “license” to the BUTTERNUT trademark has been in dispute for ten years now. I put “license” in quotes because while the document in question is called a license, it’s not your typical trademark license. In 1996, in settlement of an antitrust suit brought by the Justice Department, defendant Interstate...

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    It’s So Hard to Value Trademarks

    by  • July 7, 2014 • trademark • 1 Comment

    It always gets interesting when an owner has incentive to make inconsistent claims about the same intangible asset in different venues. Say, for example, where you claim that copyrights are part of your deceased spouse’s estate to keep them out of bankruptcy and then try to claim you are the owner for purposes of...

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    It’s Not That Hard

    by  • March 14, 2014 • copyright • 2 Comments

    It’s not a hard concept—to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit you have to own a copyright. Nevertheless, getting that right seems to be a challenge sometimes. Today’s version of the challenge is ownership of the copyrights for works created by Earl Vernon Biss, Jr., who died in 1998 – here is his biography on...

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    You Need to Schedule Worthless Trademarks

    by  • January 20, 2014 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Thanco Products and Imports, Inc. v. Kontos is a case that intrigues me. It’s an adversarial proceeding in a bankruptcy, not having to do with who owns the trademarks exactly, but what happens when one lies about it. In 2006 and 2007 Debtor George Kontos filed six trademark applications that ultimately registered, for GREEK...

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