Protecting Company Name

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jul 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Protecting company name against designators such as Inc., Incorporated, and Corp

Businesses attach a corporate designator to their company name such as Inc., Incorporated, and Corp. If my whole company name is X Corp, can someone else start a business under the name X Inc. or X Incorporated? Can I prevent people from using my company name along with a designator?

Answer: You can prevent others from using your name with a different designator if your name is being used as a trademark, and not simply a business name.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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