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THANKSGIVING EDITION [FROM THE ARCHIVES]: Court Protects Quizno’s Franchise Turkey Trade Secrets

This Thanksgiving, Trade Secrets Watch is serving a delicious tale about protecting trade secrets in a franchising relationship. In 1994, Quizno’s entered into a franchise agreement with Robert Kampendahl, an...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Original Content Needed to Protect Ops Manuals

by Lewitt Hackman on

An important part of the franchise system is the confidential operating manual. Many franchisors claim protection of operating manuals under the law of trade secrets and copyright. Keeping the contents confidential is...more

Notice of Rights Enhances Trade Secret Protection

by LeClairRyan on

In order to access the full range of remedies the Defending Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) offers, a trade secret owner must notify employees and contractors of certain rights they have under the DTSA....more

New Tool to Protect Franchisors’ Trade Secrets

by LeClairRyan on

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defending Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) to create a federal private right of action for the misappropriation...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Protecting Interests in Preliminary Injunctions

by Lewitt Hackman on

A franchisor in a termination dispute with a franchisee may request a preliminary injunction to force the franchisee to immediately stop operating the franchised business and using the franchisor's trademarks and intellectual...more

Rulings Pose Obstacles to Franchisors Seeking to Stop Wrongful Trademark Use

by LeClairRyan on

A series of recent Circuit Court decisions has made it more difficult for a franchisor to enjoin a former franchisee from using the franchisor’s federally registered trademarks after the franchise agreement has been...more

FRANCHISEE 101: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

by Lewitt Hackman on

At one time or another, many people have occasion to be renters who feel mistreated by a landlord. This may be due to delays in repairs, responses, or just turning on the heat. A typical reaction is the temptation to...more

Rainbow International Seeks Restoration Of Exclusive Use Of Its Marks

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...more

Padgett Business Services Goes After Former Franchisee for Trademark Infringement

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Smallbizpros, Inc., d/b/a Padgett Business Services (“Padgett”)asserts trademark infringement in connection with allegations of post-termination obligations of John A. Terris, Sr. (“Terris”) of Brunswick, Georgia, in its...more

Franchisors Must Act Quickly to Obtain Injunctive Relief on Non-Competition Covenants

by Baker Donelson on

A recent case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaffirms the important principle that a franchisor, or any business, that seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent harm from a covenant breach...more

Franchise Laws: What You Should Know Before Expanding Internationally By Susan Grueneberg and Joshua Schneiderman

by Snell & Wilmer on

Reprinted and/or posted with the permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2011). Much has been written about the phenomenon known as “inadvertent franchising” in the U.S. — a situation that arises when a company, acting...more

Saxon Petroleum Corp. v. Star Enterprise

Memorandum of Law in Support of the Motion by Texaco Inc. et al for a Preliminary Injunction and Expedited Discovery

by Ronald Coleman on

The title accurately describes the nature of the motion in this brief in a case originally brought by a gasoline retailer seeking to avoid termination by Texaco under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act when in fact that...more

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