In most states, the website of the state business filing agency includes an online entity name check tool. You can use the online tool to search business names and find out whether another business is already using the name you have chosen.
How do I see if a business name is available?
Visit: https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/ Select “Corporation Name” or “LP/LLC Name.” Enter all or part of your business name next to “Search Criteria.”
How can I make sure my business name is not taken?
Use the USPTO’s free trademark database.
You can search for federally registered trademarks by using the free trademark database on the USPTO’s website.
How do I check if an LLC name is available?
How to Check Name Availability
- Step one: Go to the online business services page.
- Step two: Click on the type of business structure you plan to form.
- Step three: Depending on your answer, you may need to respond to additional questions.
- Step four: Simply type the business name you wish to use in the search box.
How do I check to see if a business name is available in the US?
Simply go to http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm and click “Search.” Then follow the instructions you see on the screen.
How do you claim a business name?
Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. Many businesses can file an application online in less than 90 minutes, without a lawyer’s help. The simplest way to register is on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, www.uspto.gov.
Do you have to trademark your business name?
Summary. Registering your business name for a trademark isn’t required in order for you to have trademark rights. However, a registered trademark can provide greater protection for your brand while helping you build your brand and drive business growth.
How do I check to see if a name is trademarked?
You can search all applied-for and registered trademarks free of charge by using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). If your mark includes a design element, you will have to search it by using a design code.
Can two businesses have the same name?
Can Two Companies Have the Same Name? Yes, however, certain requirements must be met in order for it to not constitutes trademark infringement and to determine which party is the rightful owner of the name.