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Should Every Franchisee Own Its Website?

Social media and brand awareness creates unique problems for a franchise system, the well understood division of national and local advertising has to be revisited. One important question is, should every franchisee own it's own website?

Subway, Dairy Queen Among China Fakes

China has fake outlets of major US franchisors.

When Is a License Really a Franchise?

The Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule, 16 C.F.R. 436.1 et seq., governs, at a federal level, disclosures which a "franchisor" must provide to each prospective franchise. There are also numerous state laws which may apply in any given situation.

Pochron Puts Her Footlong In Mouth Again

A Subway attorney finds offers of soup and pizza to be "designed to cause confusion to the average consumer." Ms. Pochron has been a topic of amusement before on BMM, and once again she rises to the occasion.

Habits of Annoying Lawyers

Trademark and media law guru Ron Coleman lists seven highly annoying habits of lawyers who send overreaching cease-and-desist letters to intimidate writers. Here's three of the seven.

NYC Naked Cowboy Wants Naked Cowgirl to Sign Franchise Agreement

Times Square’s The Naked Cowboy wants Sandy Kane to stop copying him. Robert Burck, who wears only cowboy boots, a hat, briefs and a guitar that is strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity, wants Ms. Kane to stop infringing on his “naked cowboy” business format franchise and trademark.

Trademarking Your Business Name and Logo

Most business clients who come to me with trademark questions believe that filing a trademark is a complex and expensive process. Nothing could be further from the truth.