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A license agreement “deemed rejected by operation of law” could not be acquired under a court-approved asset purchase agreement, held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Oct. 29, 2018. In re Provider Meds, LLC, 2018 WL 5317445, 2 (5th Cir. Oct. 29, 2018). Although the acquirer claimed “that it purchased a patent license from [the] debtors in bankruptcy sales of their estates,” the court explained that “a rejected executory contract … could not have been transferred by the bankruptcy sales in question ….” Id., at 1. The court also declined to “approve of the use of a” bankruptcy court sale order “to avoid the requirement that an executory contract be assumed and assigned under” Bankruptcy Code (Code) §365. Id., at 9.
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