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Registering Company Name?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CrewCut, Feb 5, 2001.

  1. CrewCut

    CrewCut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I was wondering if anyone has tips on registering the company name with the state?
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I registered mine last year. The cost was $15. They do a search to make sure that no one already has that name.
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    When we filed for a dba 5 yrs ago at the county clerks office. They had a ledger and you could check to see if your company's name was already in use or not.

    Hope this helps.
  4. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    I had to pay $15 to register my name, plus $60 to run a little ad in the paper for 3-weeks.

  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    In WI they check the whole state when you register - I had to change my name because a co 50 miles away was too similar. But the benefit is, nobody can get a name very similar to mine.

    Could prevent people from riding your coattails.

    Trademarking your name is considerably more expensive, but gives you more protection. I haven't done this. You'll be writing a 4-fig check for that.
  6. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Ten bucks here, we're in the city limits, paid to the city. No state regulations yet.

  7. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    In Texas:
    <p><b>Sole Proprietorship</b>, and <b>General Partnership</b>; an Assumed Name Certificate must be filed with the county clerk.<p><b>Limited Partnership</b>,<b> Registered Limited Liability Partnership</b>, <b>Corporation</b>, and <b>Limited Liability Company</b> must be registered with the Secretary of State.

  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I always thought to trademark your name was a hundred bucks, must have been mistaken for copyrighting.

  9. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Here is a list of prices for the process towards getting a name trademarked (Prices will vary depending on who you go through, the government fees stay the same)

    Knock-out Search: $200 processing fee

    Comprehensive Search: $700 processing fee

    Application: $500 processing fee; $325 government fee

    Amendment to Allege Use/Statement of Use: $200 processing fee; $100 government fee

    Extension of Time to File Statement of Use: $100 processing fee; $150 government fee

    Reporting Publication/Processing Certificate of Registration: $250 processing fee

    Reporting and Responding to Office Actions are billed at an hourly rate of $250 per hour.
    (The above fees are for one class of goods or services, for additional classes, refer back to document)
  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Here, its $5 per town (169 towns) or if you want statewide protection you must register as a LLC its 250 fro the search and 250 to register as LLC.

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