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How do you get your company name registered?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by bad_chad48, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. bad_chad48

    bad_chad48 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I was wondering if any one would know... How do you get your company name and logo registered so as no one else can use it.. Kind of like Dell computers, Lexmark printers... you got me?
  2. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    start by registering at your county clerks office, then go to the state and register there. you name will not be protected nationwide just in your state unless you follow other requirements. I have not gone that far so you need more experianced people to tell anymore than this.
  3. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    First you file at the county clerks office. Then if you want to be a corporation you will be covered at the state level. If you want one nationwide you will need to file a trademark. Trust me you do not want to file nationally. Do some research you will be shocked at how much it cost. To file for a legitamite corporation you will have to probably pay a lawyer around 2 grand.
  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,862

    or do it yourself for the $125 or so filing fee your state probably has.

    as for logos, you're probably best just filing a state trademark request if you're concerned about it. if you're not familiar with legal research, this is one that you might leave to and attorney.
  5. bad_chad48

    bad_chad48 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Thanks guys... I just wanted to know because I have heard of others getting their name stole. I work to hard to make my company what it is for someone to just name theirs the same.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    In Virginia your name is not "protected" until you incorporate. If you register as a sole proprietor, someone else can operate under the same name. However, when you register with the county they tell you to search the computer database to check if the name is being used. Most people would not knowingly use a name that was already being used, but it's no guarantee.

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