Is my Corporate/LLC Name Protected?

Customers often inquire whether the reservation and filing of a corporation protects the name of the business. While it may protect the business name with the Secretary of State in the state where the corporation or LLC is filed, it does not necessarily protect the name as a trademark.

Trademarks can include any words, phrases, symbols or designs that identify and distinguish the source of the goods. There are numerous advantages to securing federal registration of a trademark. Perhaps the most important advantage is that federally registered trademarks are national in scope, regardless of the actual geographic use of the mark. Hence, trademark protection will protect your business name, which is distinct from filing for a corporation or LLC with the Secretary of State.

To find out more about trademark registration and the advantages of trademark protection, click here.

Corporate Resolutions – Free!

Corporate resolutions include most formal actions and decisions approved by your board of directors (or in the case of an LLC—your members). There are multiple situations in which you would need a specific resolution to cover a particular transaction.

Corporate resolutions are resolutions made by your directors and shareholders on behalf of the company. These resolutions can range from assigning a lease or authorizing a contract, to selling real estate or terminating a lease. Drafting and maintaining Corporate Resolutions while operating your business can be a tedious task. Continue reading