Rated Excellent - Top Attorney

by AVVO

Top Attorney - Columbus CEO

Super Lawyers

Legal Elite

Best IP / Entertainment

Columbus Business First

People to Know in Law

IP Excellence Awards 2018

Acquisition International
Best for Trademark Law - Midwest USA

AI 2018 Ones to Watch

Leading Entertainment Law Advisor

Law Firm of the Year

Ohio and U.S. Virgin Islands

© 2019 by Leon Bass

Trademark, copyright, entertainment law, attorney, lawyer, Columbus, Ohio, trademarks, trademark attorney, copyright attorney,  file trademark, file a trademark, register trademark register a trademark, trademark law,  copyright law,  trademark lawyer,  copyright lawyer,  register a copyright, file a copyright, file a trademark, protect copyright, protect trademark, federal trademark, trademark lawsuit, copyright lawsuit, trademark dispute, copyright litigation, trademark litigation, entertainment litigation, file a patent, register a patent, protect a trademark, trademark protection, protect a copyright, copyright protection, intellectual property attorney, intellectual property law, intellectual property lawyer, trade secret attorney, trade secret lawyer, trade secret law,  trade secrets,  copyrights,  entertainment attorney, entertainment law, entertainment lawyer, franchise law, franchise attorney, franchise lawyer, sweepstakes law, sweepstakes attorney, sweepstakes lawyer, business law, business lawyer, business attorney, media law, media lawyer, media law attorney, contract law, contract attorney, contract lawyer, contracts, contracts law, ethics law, ethics lawyer, ethics attorney, professional ethics law, start up, start-ups, start up law, start up lawyer, start up attorney, start-up business, new business lawyer, start-up company lawyer, start-up company attorney, new business formation, start a business, start new business lawyer, register a business, new business filing, virgin islands lawyer, virgin islands attorney, litigation attorney, litigation lawyer, copyright law firm, trademark law firm, entertainment law firm, Ohio trademark law firm, Ohio copyright law firm; Ohio trademark lawyer, Ohio copyright lawyer, Ohio copyright attorney, Ohio trademark attorney, Ohio entertainment attorney, Columbus trademark attorney, Columbus trademark Lawyer, Columbus copyright lawyer, Columbus copyright attorney, protect my copyright, protect my trademark, protect my intellectual propertly, , Columbus entertainment law firm, Columbus entertainment attorney, ohio new business formation law firm lawyer attorney, Columbus new business formation law firm lawyer attorney, experienced trademark lawyer, experienced copyright lawyer, experienced entertainment lawyer, experienced trademark attorney, experienced copyright attorney, experienced entertainment attorney.

Franchise and Distribution

 

We offer a broad range of legal services to franchisors, franchisees, associations of franchisees, managers and distributors. We can assist clients in preparing Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars, franchise agreements, area agreements and related contracts, evaluating franchises, negotiating franchise agreements, and in litigation and other dispute resolution procedures. Taft also represents manufacturers and distributors in managing, terminating and restructuring the distribution relationship.

 

Litigation 

 

We have experience litigating issues of importance to franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers and distributors, including breach of franchise agreements, trade secret cases, non-compete, trademark disputes, and distribution issues. Taft has both pursued and defended breach of contract actions, including actions related to: 

  • Exclusive territories

  • Encroachment

  • Non-competition agreements

  • Rights to transfer the franchise

  • Termination rights

  • Franchisor and franchisee performance

Taft franchise lawyers have litigated good faith and fair dealing claims and claims of implied or quasi contract dealing with changing methods of distribution, rights to new products, franchisor pricing of its products and other aspects of the franchise and distribution relationship.

 

Business Representation 

Taft advises franchisors on compliance with FTC and state franchise disclosure/registration laws, relationship/termination laws and business opportunity laws. We counsel on structuring distribution to minimize the impact of such laws.

 

Taft assists franchisors in preparing Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars (UFOC), franchise agreements, license agreements and protecting trademarks, copyrights, trade class and patents.

 

Taft's franchise lawyers have advised franchisors, franchisees, franchisee associations, manufacturers and distributors on: 

  • Advertising

  • Advertising funds

  • Pricing

  • Customer relations

  • Trademarks

  • Antitrust

  • Internet commerce

  • Purchase cooperatives

  • Transshipments and gray market problems

  • Exclusivity

  • Non-competition

  • Franchisee transfers

  • Termination

 

Taft lawyers have handled many sale acquisitions of franchise and distribution businesses, some up to hundreds of millions of dollars. These services include: 

  • Structuring the transaction

  • Tax advice

  • Negotiating the acquisition agreements

  • Environmental issues

  • Employment issues

  • Hart-Scott-Rodino filings

  • Post-closing issues

Celebrating
21 Years
In Practice  * 1998--2019