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Intellectual Property & Franchising

We regularly advise our clients on IP registrations, enforcement of IP related rights and licensing of IP rights. Our experience also includes an in-depth analysis of franchising and distribution agreements from Azerbaijani law perspectives. Our experts also offer consultation in product liability issues and consumer protection requirements.

Our experience on franchising matters include:

  • Advising McDonalds on its franchise arrangements with local franchisees in light of Azeri law requirements;
  • Reviewing and revising Gymboree Unit Franchise Agreement for a foreign franchisor;
  • Negotiating, reviewing and revising the hotel management agreements for international hotel operators and hotel owners in Azerbaijan;
  • Advising a leading retail coffee shops operator on the issues of validity, enforceability and registration of a franchise agreement in Azerbaijan, and reviewing its tax implications;
  • Advising the international franchisors including Dior, Fendi and Boss on the requirements of Azerbaijani legislation applicable to franchise and licensing agreements;
  • Representing the interests of a major Italian company producing luxury shoes (Sergio Rossi) in the drafting and negotiation of a franchise agreement with its Azerbaijani counterparty;
  • Reviewing a sub-franchise agreement of a global licence holder of Gymboree to be entered into with its Azerbaijani counterparty in light of Azerbaijani law requirements.

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