It may not be too late: Protecting Franchise Systems with Business-Method Patents

February 15, 2002 Published Work
Franchise Times, February 2002

Patents are often overlooked as a means for a franchisor to protect its franchise system. Although almost all franchisors boast a unique and proprietary business system, few seek patent protection. For a franchisor that develops a unique business method that meets the minimum patentability requirements, a business method patent can be an integral part of its franchise system and a significant asset for building brand equity.