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We’ve Got A LOT to be proud of…

Plave Koch has been recognized by our peers for several prestigious awards in franchising law. We are grateful for the recognition and for the team that makes it possible! Plave Koch PLC is honored to announce that eight of our lawyers have… MORE

Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (HR 842)

Our partner Lee Plave, together with Ron Gardner, jointly wrote to the Chair and Ranking Members of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions concerning the pending joint… MORE

Franchisor Revenue Recognition Simplified

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Lee Plave Plave Koch PLC  and Aaron Chaitovsky, CPA Citrin Cooperman On January 28, 2021, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its long-awaited “practical expedient,” which will truly help privately-held franchisors tackle the relatively new revenue recognition requirements of… MORE

Trademark Modernization Act News Alert

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by Valerie Brennan and Benjamin Reed  The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 was included in the bipartisan 2020 coronavirus stimulus bill that passed on December 22, 2020, and was signed into law yesterday. The TM Act of 2020 will bring… MORE

IP Considerations in Creating a Character

by Valerie Brennan Yet another dispute over copyright rights in sports branding has hit the news.  Similar to the fight over the Baltimore Ravens logo many years ago, the Phillies are embroiled in a dispute with the designers of the… MORE

Ben Reed co-presents at 2020 ABA Annual Developments Session

We are pleased to announce that our partner Ben Reed will be co-presenting the Annual Developments session at the 43rd Annual Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting! As those who have attended the Forum’s Annual Meeting know (and for those who… MORE

Excusable Non-Use – A Timely Option

   by Valerie Brennan COVID-19 has caused many businesses to forcibly shutter in the U.S., temporarily, due either to state orders or necessary restrictions to protect employees and patrons.  To maintain federal trademark registrations, however, the owner must make periodic… MORE

Protecting the Trade Dress in Your Store Layout

  by Valerie Brennan Store design / layout protection is a hot topic in trademark and copyright circles at the moment.  Trade dress protection can be added to your arsenal of tools for preventing copycats from profiting off your creativity. … MORE