Austin Rapp & Hardman specializes in intellectual property and franchising law. This includes the preparation and
prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications as well as related licensing. The firm
also handles litigation involving intellectual property law disputes in both state and federal courts
and is experienced in alternate forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation.
The firm also provides counseling and representation of clients in litigation relating to other forms
of intellectual property such as trade dress, trade secrets and common-law trademark. In the area
of franchising law, Austin Rapp & Hardman has extensive experience in the structuring of franchise
relationships and in the preparation of Offering Circulars and Franchise Agreements as well as the
monitoring and updating of those documents in each state in which the franchisor is offering
franchises. Additionally, the firm represents franchisors and franchisees in disputes arising out of
the franchising relationship.