Dr. Mark Abell deals with franchising and the exploitation of intellectual
property rights e.g. sponsorship, merchandising and technology
transfer. He is highly rated as a leader in his field by The
Legal 500 legal directory and An International Who's Who
of Franchise Lawyers (Law Business Research). He is described
as being “Vastly knowledgeable and a great negotiator,” in
Chamber 2010. He has also been listed as "the
Guru of franchising" in the Chambers legal directory and rated as
the UK's number one franchising lawyer. Mark acts as an expert to
the WIPO and WTO on franchising. Mark is Chairman of the European Franchising Network (EfN).
Mark is a member of the IBA Franchise Committee, ABA Franchise
Section and LES. He is a former Member of the Editorial Boards of
Trademark World, Patent World and Copyright World and a current
member of the editorial board of Emerging Markets: China and South
East Asia and Franchise Law and Business Alert.
Mark has been published extensively in a wide range of
publications and journals. He has also authored many books
including: “European Franchising - Law and Practice in the European
Community”; “The International Franchise Option - Dispute
Resolution, Taxation, Case Studies”; “The Franchise Option - A
Legal Guide”; “Franchising in India and International Technology
Transfer for Profit”. He is co-author of WIPO publication on
franchising and currently edits the Butterworths “Encyclopedia of
Precedents Volume on Franchising”. Mark has over 500 articles
published in journals including Patent World, Franchise World,
Business Franchise Magazine and Managing Intellectual Property.
Mark's doctoral thesis was on the Regulation of International
Mark also speaks Japanese.