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The information contained in the articles published in this blog are of a general nature and are not to be considered an exhaustive examination of the various issues, nor are intended to express an opinion or provide legal advice. Specific legal advice must be provided with regard to individual cases.

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Abuse of economic dependence and franchising: the AGCM opens a procedure against Mc. Donald’s in Italy

The Italian Competition and Market Authority ("AGCM") initiated an investigation against McDonald's for alleged abuse of economic dependence.
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How to effectively register and protect a trademark in franchising

Trademarks play a very important role in promoting companies' products and services:it is important for franchisor to know how to protect their trademark.
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Litigation in franchising: where does it come from, how to prevent it, how to solve it

The causes of litigation in franchising are also specific to the franchise, as they can be linked to structural characteristics of this relationship.
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Investments in franchising: how they are regulated in Italy from a legal point of view

The issue of investments is very important from a legal point of view: They are taken into consideration by Italian Law no. 129/2004.
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Franchising in Italy: the 2020 scenario after the Covid 19 pandemic is surprisingly (or not?) positive

Assofranchising has recently issued its yearly updated survey on the Italian franchising scenario, referred to the year 2020.
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Abuse of economic dependence and franchising: the AGCM initiates an investigation against Benetton in Italy

The Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) initiated an investigation against the Benetton group for a suspected abuse of economic dependence.
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Franchising confirms to be increasing in Italy

The 2020 Assofranchising survey, referred to 2019, confirms that in Italy franchising is one of the main sectors of Italian economy.
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Franchising: defining exclusive territory rights

Would you like to receive more information about exclusive rights in Italian franchise agreements? Visit our web site or contact us!
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Franchising and e-commerce: can franchisors (legally) limit online sales and social media by franchisees?

E-commerce is increasingly supporting the traditional sales channels. For some years now, franchising has grasped the potential of e-commerce.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy: what options?

When considering franchising as an option for business expansion in Italy, a carefully planned approach is required.
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Coronavirus emergency in Italy: what should franchisors do (and what are they doing)?

Coronavirus emergency in Italy and its impact on franchise networks. How can franchisors behave in this health emergency? Read this article.
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Not to Compete Covenants after the termination of franchise agreements in Italy

Not to Compete Covenants after the termination of franchise agreements in Italy. Focus on regulations by the Pandolfini Law Firm.
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Franchising in Italy: entry fees, royalties, purchase and resale prices

In Italian franchise agreements, franchisees are required to pay a consideration to the franchisor for the so-called franchise package.
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IP rights in Italy: how franchisors can protect their trademark and brand name?

Intellectual property rights and trademarks are some of the most valuable assets of any franchise system.
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The business plan in franchising: advertising tool or boomerang?

Business plans are very often used in franchising in Italy. However, this is an instrument to be handled very carefully by franchisors.
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Franchise know-how in Italy: what it is, how it is regulated, how it is protected

As all over the world, also in Italy most franchise systems are based on trade secrets and confidential know-how, rather than patents.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy through a subsidiary

Franchise companies may decide to expand their franchise in Italy directly, by establishing a subsidiary in Italy. How? Read this article.
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The Area Representative Agreement

An option for foreign franchisors who wish to expand their franchise in Italy is to use an Area Representative.
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Area Development: a contract increasingly used in Italian franchise practice

The Multi-Unit franchise model is increasingly widespread in the world, including Italy. The importance of the Area Development Agreement.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: how to face (and avoid) possible problems

Master Franchising is widely used in Italy, but of course it has some problems, most of which can be avoided by careful franchisors.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: what changes are needed in terms of franchisor’s documents, manual and training?

Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: what changes are needed in terms of franchisor’s documents, manual and training?
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Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: the economics

Master Franchising is by far the most common method to expand a foreign franchise network in Italy, as shown by the 2020 survey.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: how it works, why and when to use it

Expanding a franchise in Italy through Master franchising: main features, pros and cons, why and when it is used. Read the full article.
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Expanding a franchise in Italy: direct franchising

By adopting direct franchising, the franchisor has a direct legal relationship with franchisees. This model has some pros, but also cons.