Corporate Law Franchise

The franchise system is used in various businesses, for example, restaurant businesses such as an Izakaya (a Japanese-style restaurant bar), retail businesses such as convenience stores and service businesses such as cram schools, in order to achieve store expansion in a short span of time or achieve economies of scale; and various legal issues arise from those.  In addition, troubles and disputes related to franchise businesses have been increasing in recent years.  In order to tackle these legal problems or disputes appropriately, and to prevent these disputes from occurring, an effective solution would be to utilize lawyers who are experienced in the field of franchising.

Our lawyers are well versed in the practice of laws and regulations related to franchises, such as the Small and Medium-sized Retail Business Promotion Act, the Antimonopoly Act, the Trademark Act, the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, various guidelines, etc., and have abundant experience and achievements in relation to disputes concerning the payment of royalties, the duty not to compete, the termination of franchises as well as disputes concerning the Trademark Act and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc., regardless of whether such disputes may be domestic or international.  Based on this expert knowledge, as well as our abundant experience and achievements, regardless of whether such disputes may be domestic or international, we provide specialist advice concerning disputes between franchisers and franchisees in a timely manner, while also providing practical services such as drafting, etc. of franchise agreements and documents subject to statutory disclosure, anticipating any troubles and disputes that may arise in relation thereto.  In particular, regarding disputes concerning intellectual property involving laws such as the Trademark Act, the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc., our strength is that we are able to provide a one-stop service, by assisting our clients in collaboration with our team of intellectual property experts consisting of patent attorneys, etc.