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You may elect to reserve or register a business name prior to registering a new business entity. This service is for business entities other than sole proprietorships and partnerships.
First you must determine that the business name is available, and then file to hold the name Typically, a corporations will have the name reserved for 120 days. The name registration for corporations already registered in other state may last until the end of the calendar year.
Remember - reserving a business name does not register the business entity. You will still need to register your business either online or by submitting the paper forms.
Reserving the name or Incorporating your company in whichever state you choose does not give trademark protection for your company name. The permission does not mean that you will necessarily have the legal right to use that name because Federal and state trademark laws may have granted prior rights in your chosen corporate name to a third party, which party may ultimately be able to prevent your corporation from using the name, even if the name is available according to your state's Secretary of State. It is always a good idea to perform a trademark search if you plan to advertise using the corporation name.
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