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Architectronics, Inc. v. Control Systems, Inc.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
935 F.Supp. 425 (1996)


Architectronics, Inc. (plaintiff) licensed software to Control Systems, Inc. (CSI) (defendant). The license was part of a joint venture. CSI was developing a computer-aided-design system that incorporated Architectronics’s software. Once the system was completed, Architectronics was supposed to market the system and pay CSI a royalty. Architectronics sued CSI, alleging breach of contract. If the four-year statute of limitations under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) applied, the claim would be untimely and thrown out. However, if the UCC did not apply, then New York’s six-year general contract statute of limitations applied to the claim, and the claim would be timely.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Mukasey, J.)

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