Legal Question in Business Law in Arizona

business name ownership

I would like to know how I would own the name of my business?

Asked on 12/30/08, 3:56 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

F. Gonzalez The Gonzalez Law Office

Re: business name ownership

You can "Trademark" your name with the USPTO, and that way you would own it.

Also, you can register your company name with the State's Secretary of State.

If you need, I can assist you with both.



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Answered on 12/30/08, 5:44 pm
Donald W. Hudspeth The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C.

Re: business name ownership

There are a number of options open to own the name of a business. One is through demonstrable use, such as on signs, stationery, business cards, letterhead, etc., establishing your use of the name. You can file a trade name with the Secretary of State to reserve it officially in the State of Arizona in public records. You could also file a Federal Trade Name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We usually recommend that if you are doing business under that name, that you form an LLC or corporation and either use your business name as the name of the LLC or corporation, or file a fictitious name with the counties you do business in under the name of the entity. It really depends on what you are going to be doing, where, and what your future plans are.

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Answered on 12/30/08, 6:29 pm

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