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Protecting a business name. With or without spaces?

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property & Trademarking' started by toby123, Apr 5, 2013.

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    toby123

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    Hi folks,

    I have recently been told that the only really secure way to protect a business name in the UK is to form a business with Companies House (which I can then keep it dormant, while operating as a sole trader).

    However, say my business name was for a web-based business, and consisted of several words... a bit like TripAdvisor for example.
    My domain name and trading name will consist of the words without the spaces.

    If I formed a company using no spaces between the words, would that also give me legal ownership over the same name with the spaces between words?

    ( Example: Say I formed a business with the word TripAdvisor, would that give me ownership of both TripAdvisor "and" Trip Advisor? )

    I am hoping forming a company will give me protection over both / all uses.

    Any guidance anyone can offer me in this matter would be most welcome.
    Thank you for reading :)
     
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    toby123

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    I now have the answer
     
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    Care to share? Might be useful to someone else looking. :)
     
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    toby123

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    Registering company names. Spaces between words

    Of course :) Good point...
    I have now been told by two different formation companies that Companies House will not allow another person to register a name if it is the same, or very similar to one that's already registered. This should cover issues regarding any variations with spacing between words.
     
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    This is a common misconception. Simply registering a company name at Companies House gives you no rights in respect to the trading name. Loosely speaking, the only thing that does is a registered trade mark. Also, if your tradename is descriptive, you will struggle to get a registered trade mark.
     

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