Monday miscellany

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Franchise Law: a suggestions for a good read? One of our readers has emailed with a request that this Kat has so far been unable to fulfil.  He is composing a book on franchising law in his own jurisdiction and writes:
"If you are so kind, please help me to find a good book about Franchising Law. I am investigating franchises but I can't find a good book, I hope you can recommend me some literature regarding this theme".
Preferably a book
on franchising
with pictures ...
This Kat hasn't spotted much on the subject of business format franchises since the last century, when he quite liked the late John Adams' Franchising: practice and precedents in business format franchising, but felt that it was really more of a book on applied commercial law than anything else and that there wasn't much IP in it since most disputes between business format franchisors and their franchisees seemed to go to arbitration rather than get to court, with the result that there weren't many juicy precedents. Also, law firms that advised clients in the establishment of franchises and subfranchises tended to keep their own precedents and templates pretty close to their chests.  He has also seen lots of "popular" books that are aimed at business folk who are thing of either setting up a franchise or buying into one --  but those are definitely not law books.  Be that as it  may, if anyone can recommend any good and recent (let's say 2000 onwards) books or articles on business format franchising, in any major language, can they please post details as comments below this blogpost?

Around the weblogs. Russian IP practitioner Sergey Zuykov narrates his firm's experience of getting a good result before his country's new Intellectual Property Rights Court in a case involving copyright in an unpatented design: it's all on Class 99 here.  Meanwhile, over on Class 99's sister blog Class 46, Christian Tenkhoff explains how Monster ran into trouble with their efforts to register the allusive term REHABILITATE as a Community trade mark for non-alcoholic beverages and nutritional supplements, among other things.  DDR Holdings v is a fascinating post-Alice case on US patent-eligibility, involving an invention directed towards merchandising on the internet: David Berry writes it up for PatLit here.

Difficult data question goes to Luxembourg. Case C-490/14 Verlag Esterbauer is a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof, Germany, on the following question:
In relation to the question of whether a collection of independent materials exists within the meaning of Art. 1(2) of Directive 96/9 on the legal protection of databases because the materials can be separated from one another without the value of their informative content being affected, is every conceivable informative value decisive, or only the value which is to be determined on the basis of the purpose of the collection and having regard to the resulting typical conduct of users?
If you think you know the answer, do tell us [come to think of it, says Merpel, if you think you know what the question means and what it's about, we'd like to hear from you too: she wonders it it's something about Esterbauer's Bikeline, or is it Bikini line ...]. In either event, if you would like to tell the UK Intellectual Property Office what you think, so it can decide whether the UK government should be making representations to Europe's top court, please email Arthur at by 23 December 2014. Please be assured: the contents of your communication will be so confidential that even you won't be able to find out what you said.
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  1. In 2013 my partner Mark Abell published "The law and regulation of franchising in the EU", at Elgar Intellectual Property Law and Practice, ISBN 978 1 78195 220 7. It's even available electronically at, E-ISBN 978 1 78195 235 1.

    Wouter Pors,
    Bird & Bird

  2. I don't know if you thin portuguese is one of the major languages but there are two major books just on franchising: here and here

  3. Thanks Nuno. Portuguese is a major language so far as I'm concerned!

    And thanks, Wouter. I can't believe Edward Elgar Publishing didn't send me a review copy of Mark's book. I'm on their mailing list for everything -- and they didn't even send a copy to JIPLP for review. It's not too late, if Mark growls at them!

  4. Possibilities that are indexed with 'franchising' and 'intellectual' as key terms are:
    Routledge have announced for May next year Migdal, Nelson F 'Hotel Law: transactions, management and franchising';
    Handler, M & Bowrey, K 'Law and creativity in the age of the entertainment franchise' Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014;
    Johnson, Derek 'Media franchising: creative license and collaboration in the culture industries media franchising' New York Univ. Press, 2013;
    Sherman, Andrew J 'Franchising and licensing: two powerful ways to grow your business in any economy' Amacom, 4th ed. 2011;
    American Bar Association 'Intellectual property handbook: a practical guide for franchise, business, and IP counsel' ABA, 2006;
    (I can find a couple of hundred books on franchising from around the world published in the past 10 years or so - but most do seem business orientated although I guess IP must be covered in some form or other in all!)
    Graham Titley, Plymouth Univ.


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