Insights: Events 'Dawn Donut Rule': A Guide for Expanding Franchises to Enforce Trademark Rights

Tuesday, June 20, 2023


In this session you will learn how trademark law and the “Dawn Donut Rule” established long ago by the Second Circuit work to assist a franchise trademark owner to enforce its  trademark rights against junior users of the same/similar marks in states where the franchise trademark owner has not yet expanded.  We will discuss the case law on this subject, as well as provide guidance on how to deal with state franchise regulators and the junior users when you seek to register or expand your franchise into a new state.

Event Details

Tuesday, June 20, 2023


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit 

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Alaina Maggio

Sr. Business Development Manager

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