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Franchise Development Services (FDS) has recently formed a partnership with leading trademark specialists Brand Protect.

Working alongside FDS as an FDS Associate, Brand Protect offers expert specialist services to the franchise sector with advice and assistance in all areas of intellectual property.

Brand Protect understands the franchise business. It offers franchisors no-nonsense, commercial and straight-forward advice with ‘provincial’ prices.

FDS Franchise Consultant, Paul Hague, said: “We are more than happy to recommend Brand Protect to our clients as they provide sound advice on exactly what actions should be taken to protect trade names and trademarks in readiness for franchising and then assist clients with all the formalities of applying for registration.”

Brand Protect’s legal services focus on all aspects of intellectual property in order to protect companies against counterfeiting or trademark, design, patent and copyright infringement. Brand Protect also offers advice on developing business, and growing profits, using licensing agreements.

Bernard Whyatt, a practising barrister, who has been involved in intellectual property law for many years, runs the firm, near Oxford. He is highly experienced in the franchise sector, having previously worked for, and advised, many and various organisations from “startups” to “multi-nationals” in this country and abroad.


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