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Business names

  1. May 14, 2005 #1
    I would like to start a company with the name Xient Inc., how do i check that no one else has used that name. I don't want anyone to sue me.. :frown:
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  3. May 14, 2005 #2
    Well I don't know how it is in India, but over here in Australia there is an Office of Fair Trading and they check it for you.
    So you submit your business name registration proposal and they will look at the names of companies in the country. If that name is not being used your registration will be successful, otherwise they get you to keep trying :)
    But like I said it will probably be a different system in India, but there should still be a government office that will oversee your registration and let you know if anyone is using that name.
  4. May 14, 2005 #3


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    better buisiness bereu

  5. May 14, 2005 #4


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    Business do not need to register with the BBB, so the BBB is not the appropriate place to look. The appropriate place to look in the US is the US Patent and Trademark Office: http://www.uspto.gov/ Their site even include a free trademark search.

    - Warren
  6. May 14, 2005 #5


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    In the US, you register a new business name in a state by going to the Secretary of State's office.

    Here's a little FAQ http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/mssbdc/FAQ.html

    I have clients that started out locally and then wanted to go national, only to find out that there is already a company with their same company name registered, so they have had to change their company name.

    Here's Alberta, Ca, to give you an idea of differences http://www3.gov.ab.ca/gs/information/clctc/reg_bus_name.cfm [Broken]

    I don't know how you register in India.

    If you plan to do business outside of your local area, you should contact an attorney that specializes in this.
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  7. Jun 13, 2005 #6
    Twy matheouoeouaeiouy add as many vowels as you can... you will definitely get a geniune business name..
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