Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Franchisor Definition:

The legal rights holder who licenses, in whole or in part, those legal rights to another pursuant to a franchise agreement.

The franchisor typically owns the trade-mark or manufacturing rights associated with a product or service and that entity allows others, the franchisees, to represent themselves with that trade-mark or to manufacture that product or provide the otherwise protected service, in exchange for some fee.

In the Franchise Disclosure Act of Ontario, as of 2012:

"Franchisor means one or more persons who grant or offer to grant a franchise and includes a subfranchisor with regard to that subfranchisor's relationship with a subfranchisee.

Canadian franchising law expert Daniel So wrote:

"In a typical franchise arrangement, the franschisor is the party with whom the franschisee enters into a franchise agreement."

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