• Paul Fransway
  • Paul Fransway

Paul Fransway

Paul Fransway, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Member


Dickinson Wright PLLC

Paul Fransway is a lawyer and Member of the law firm, Dickinson Wright PLLC., working out of their Ann Arbor, Michigan office. Dickinson Wright is a leading law firm that provides full legal services on each side of the Canada-US border, with over 360 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has nearly 40 lawyers in Toronto and Windsor, Ontario.

Paul concentrates his practice in franchise, trademark and unfair competition law. He serves as primary franchise counsel for a number of national franchisors and helps them comply with disclosure and registration requirements under the Federal Trade Commission and various state laws. He is also an expert in all aspects of franchise contract enforcement, including covenants not to compete, trademark infringement, and post-termination remedies, both in court and in arbitration.

Paul’s experience in the areas of business and intellectual property law have included the drafting and negotiation of services, nondisclosure, trademark licensing; mergers and acquisitions; information technology and intellectual property management and compliance policies; and the prosecution of trademark registration applications and management of trademark portfolios including the defense and prosecution of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Paul is also actively involved in local government and non-profit community activities. He has served as Board Trustee for the Charter Township of Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan and as a member of its Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission. Paul also acts as special counsel and as a director or trustee for a number of community organizations including various primary schools, post-secondary educational institutions and national non-profit educational organizations.

Paul received both his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from University of Houston Law Center and a B.S. degree from Michigan State University.

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