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Hamilton Pratt chosen by leading intellectual property organisation to advise on franchising

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. It’s an organisation that has been at the forefront of intellectual property issues affecting world trade for many years. More recently, with franchising generating a growing contribution to the world economy, WIPO made the decision that it needed to publish its views on managing intellectual property issues in franchising. In order to prepare the publication WIPO invited Hamilton Pratt, bfa accredited franchise law firm, to prepare the first draft, which was then reviewed by a group of external experts and WIPO.  

John Pratt, Senior Partner at Hamilton Pratt, said: “whilst of course we know that we are in an elite group of the top international franchise law firms, nevertheless it was a great honour to be asked by WIPO to prepare their publication, “Managing Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising”.  As part of this process members of the Hamilton Pratt team were asked to provide seminars organised by WIPO in far flung places. For instance, my partner, Gurmeet Jakhu, travelled to Mongolia to talk about franchising!” 

The publication, which can be obtained from WIPO, analyses the different ways of expanding a business using the franchise model, the different types of franchise arrangement, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of franchising. Other relevant issues are also analysed. The book, which is both concise and useable by all, is an invaluable guide to all those that are contemplating expanding overseas through franchising. 

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