What is a Franchise | International Franchise Association

A franchise is the agreement or license between two legally independent parties which gives: • a person or group of people (franchisee) the right to market a product or service using the trademark or trade name of another business (franchisor) • the franchisee the right to market a product or service using the operating methods of the franchisor • the franchisee the obligation to pay the franchisor fees for these rights • the franchisor the obligation to provide rights and support to franchisees

Source: What is a Franchise | International Franchise Association