vary on a state by state basis but, in general, each
state requires that the word "corporation",
"incorporated", "limited" or the
abbreviations (inc., corp., ltd.) for these words must
be included in the company name. Please make sure
you included one of these in your proposed name.
For example, Choice 1 might be Ajax Widgets, Inc. or
Third Investment Corporation.
to the words which must be included, there are other
words which may never be included in a corporate name
unless permission is granted by a specific government
authority such as the State Banking Department.
These phrases usually include words such as board of
trade, chamber of commerce, police, bank, doctor, lawyer,
trust, title, savings, mortgage and insurance. Use
of one of these words will result in your incorporation
documents being rejected.
you may have used a certain phrase in your corporate
name, it may not be enough to stop other companies from
using that name in commerce and certainly not if they
are located in a state other than the one in which you
incorporated or qualified. A Trademark is generally
considered to be words or symbols that distinguish your
products or services from those of all others.
To protect your Trademark, you must register it; in
the US, with the Patent and Trademark Office.
Generally, your first step in trademark protection and
registration is a search to discover any potential conflicts.
One of the first places to begin your trademark research
is the official web site of the US Patent & Trademark
Office - www.uspto.gov
- where you'll find wonderful information including
the ability to search the official US Trademark database.
of the most useful Trademark sites we've found
- an invaluable service for any person or
business that wishes to own or trademark a name,
domain name, logo or tag line. TradeName.com focuses
on worldwide trademark search and registration
of names, domain names, logos and tag lines.
can do preliminary or full searches in the US,
Canada, UK, European Community and other jurisdictions.