John Usher Owned & Operated 18 Franchise Units for Over 30 Years
As a licensed attorney since 1982 and an accomplished franchisee with 30 years of experience, our attorney, John Usher, offers you a unique set of services in his practice of franchise law. We are deeply committed to the success of franchise businesses. Usher Law Firm, P.A. has an abundance of services to assist prospective franchisees with each step of the franchising process.
What Is a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)?
A Franchise Disclosure Document is a legal document that is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure process in the United States. These documents are complex and the drafting of an FDD requires skill and precision. We can assist you in the preparation of your unique FDD.
An estimated one out of every three dollars spent in retail in the U.S. is being spent with franchised brands. The lure of franchising is undeniably powerful. Each year approximately 400-500 new franchise offerings occur.
Should the concept be viable as a franchise, we can then inform you of the responsibilities and obligations associated with being a franchisor. Just like becoming a franchisee should be entered into with caution, committing to the development of a franchise requires caution as well.
If the development of a franchise system is viable, we at Usher Law Firm, P.A. in Ocala, Florida, can prepare franchise disclosure documents and file state registrations where required.
Intellectual Property Overview
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies the source of goods and distinguishes those goods from the goods of others. A service mark does the same for services. The term “trademark” is used often to refer to both trademarks and service marks. Related marks include certification marks, collective membership marks, and collective marks.
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship, including literary, artistic, software, musical, and architectural creations.
Patents protect inventions and discoveries by the granting of a limited duration property right in exchange for public disclosure.
As an experienced franchisee, our attorney, John Usher, truly understands the questions, concerns, and goals you have regarding your business. If this requires trademark law services, he can assist you in getting your trademark searched and properly registered.
Although a federal trademark registration is not required by law, owning a federal trademark registration offers the following benefits:
- It provides public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark.
- It creates a legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide.
- It entitles you to bring an action concerning the mark in federal court.
- It helps you obtain trademark registration in foreign countries.
- It allows you to use the r-in-a-circle federal registration symbol.