47th Annual International Franchise Convention
Facilitated by the Supplier Forum
Tuesday February 27, 2007
10:15 am - 12:30 pm
Internet Violations After Termination – Who Fixes, and How?
Franchisors are keenly aware of obvious, visual post termination violations of their rights, but are Internet violations lost in cyberspace?
1. For franchisors – do you routinely check more than the terminated franchisee’s website for violations of your intellectual property and other rights?
2. What do you do if you find a violation (hard line approach vs. cooperative approach)?
3. What do you do about violations not directly caused by the terminated franchisee?
4. Some websites with violations are pretty anonymous. How can you tell who runs them?
5. Franchisors – do you double check your own web resources to make sure that terminated franchisees are no longer using your websites or your brand on theirs?
Co-facilitator - Bethany L. Appleby, Wiggin and Dana LLP
Dealing with Franchisee Associations
Franchisee councils and associations can be highly influential in the long-term development and success of a franchise system. This roundtable discusses the differences between these two entities and addresses the key issues underlying the development and implementation of these programs. Questions to be covered will include:
1. Who has them in their system?
2. Is the association company approved or a company sponsored organization?
3. If it is “independent”, how has the franchisor reacted?
4. Are there any issues that a franchisor would not be willing to negotiate with an association?
5. What are the benefits of having an association? Have they helped or hurt your system?
Co-facilitator - Kevin Kennedy, Wiggin and Dana LLP