Locke Lord's franchise lawyers have a unique combination of business and legal knowledge that sets us apart from other firms. Our combination of in-depth experience handling all types of franchising and distribution matters with the backing of a full-service law firm enables us to efficiently provide all the legal services needed by both seasoned and startup franchisors. Our lawyers are experienced with virtually any issue that arises in these complex business relationships.
Whether the matter involves structuring franchise arrangements, preparing franchise agreements and disclosure documents, litigation with franchisees, forming franchisee associations or purchasing cooperatives, or day-to-day advice, Locke Lord has the experience and resources to help franchisors succeed both in the United States and internationally. Our franchise team provides legal services to U.S. clients with domestic and international activities and investments and to foreign-based clients with interests in the United States. We routinely collaborate on projects with lawyers from our corporate, litigation, intellectual property, international, antitrust, tax and labor and employment practice areas to give our clients a broad base of support in operational and dispute resolution matters.
We frequently write and speak on franchise and distribution law topics and belong to relevant industry and professional associations, such as the International Franchise Association. Lawyers at the firm are experienced serving as general outside counsel to national franchisors, providing strategic advice and managing day-to-day legal issues.
We are knowledgeable about issues involving the right of franchisors and their affiliates to acquire competing systems and/or operate company-owned business, as well as the post termination obligations of franchisees. We regularly represent franchisors in acquisitions, sales and mergers, as well as purchases and sales of franchise rights, franchised outlets and other franchise-related assets. We also advise franchisors in the organization and administration of franchisee associations, system-wide advertising funds and advertising cooperatives.
Protecting intellectual property and technology are keys to leveraging franchise assets. Our lawyers regularly handle research and development agreements, licensing agreements and other agreements involving the creation or acquisition of rights to intellectual property. We also help clients protect their intellectual property rights by assisting with the selection and screening of trademarks, the prosecution of patents and patent infringement matters and the registration of trademarks and copyrights, both domestically and internationally. We assist our clients in the commercialization and leveraging of the intellectual property rights they develop and acquire through the negotiation of licenses, joint ventures, manufacturing and supply agreements and similar arrangements.