SCOTUS Series: Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC

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February 20, 2019
4:00pm | Room YT01-02 

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Mission Product could settle a circuit split over the fate of trademark licenses in bankruptcy.

Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code empowers a nondebtor/licensee of rights to “intellectual property” under a rejected contract with the debtor/licensor “to retain [the licensee’s] rights … under such contract and under any agreement supplementary to such contract, to … intellectual property … as such rights existed immediately before the case commenced…” Section 101(35A) of the Bankruptcy Code, in turn, defines “intellectual property” to include trade secrets, patents, patent applications, plant varieties, copyrights and mask works for semiconductor chip products—but leaves out trademarks.


  • Christine Haight Farley
    American University Washington College of Law, moderator
  • Craig Goldblatt
    WilmerHale, Counsel for Petitioner (Mission Product Holdings, Inc.)
  • Jonathan Ference-Burke
    Ropes & Gray, Counsel for Respondent (Tempnology, LLC)
  • Jasmine Ball & Jeffrey Cunard
    Debevoise & Plimpton, Counsel for Amicus International Trademark Association (in support of petitioner)
  • Michael Cannata & Stuart Gordon
    Rivkin Radler, Counsel for New York Intellectual Property Association (in support of petitioner)
  • Theodore Davis
    Kilpatrick Townsend, Counsel for Amicus American Intellectual Property Law Association (in support of neither party)
  • Travis Wimberly
    Pirkey Barber, Counsel for Amicus Intellectual Property Owners Association (in support of neither party)


The question in the case is whether the rejection of a license in bankruptcy terminates a licensee’s right to use licensed trademarks or simply constitutes a breach, which may not preclude the licensee’s continued trademark exploitation.


Decision: May 20, 2019
Argument: TranscriptAudio

All briefs available on SCOTUSblog: Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC