How to claim a business name?
I'm starting a business and want to know what I need to do to claim the name I have chosen for my business and make sure no one else has it. Thanks!13 months ago - 1 answers
Is it a local business? Then you need to file for a fictitious business name at your local courthouse or city hall (call city hall to ask). This requires looking through lists to see if someone already has it, then you need to file for one and put an advert in the local newspaper. After that if no one steps forward it's yours.
Now this is only locally, nothing says that a company 500 miles away can't have the same name. If you want to protect it for that then you need to file for a trade mark (it will cover the name and the design of the names logo). Do a Google search for that.