How to search or check for a brand name or company name in India?
In the current scenario, many companies in India are confused regarding their name or the brand name. It has happened sometimes, when a company wants to register a name, then that name is already registered under the name of another company. In this blog we are discussing this issue and will tell you how to resolve this issue related to checking the company name availability online and search for the company name in India.
What is Meant by Company Name?
Business or company is a type of identity of any kind or type of the business. Business name or company name is the similar thing and company name is different from the brand name. For example, if we talk about Flipkart, then it is a highly popular and a reputed brand name in the ecommerce industry. But the business name or company name of the “Flipkart” brand is “Flipkart Internet Private Limited”.
Therefore, brand name and company name can be different. There is no problem related to that, you can run various brands in a company.
How to Select a Company Name?
The name of the company must always be unique. It should not be similar to the name of any other company. The reason is that a company name is already trademarked and it is register by a private limited company with their chosen name.
Every business owner need to check that their chosen company name or domain name is already booked or not. You can make a claim regarding the domain name after getting the trademark but in the beginning, you have to select a name for your brand.
How to Select or Check a Name for Private Limited Company in India?
The Private limited company is one of the highly popular formation of a business in India. While selecting the name of a company, you require to visit the website given below. http://www.mca.gov.in/mcafoportal/showCheckCompanyName.do
This website of the MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) have the data of all the companies and this data is available online. Here you can check for the name of the company by entering the name of the LLP or the company. Then you are required to enter the type of activity and click on the “search” button.
The above-mentioned link is for checking the name of the private limited company. For the company name search, you can visit this website of the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA).
For the one-person company or the LLP name the process is similar as the company name search.
How to Identify that the Name of the Company is Trademarked or not?
If the name of the company is available, then we are required to check the trademark registration data of the Indian government. It assists us by proving the information that the name of the brand is registered already or not.
What are the Guidelines for the Name Related to the Name of the Company?
The name of the company should be created in three parts.
First part: Keyword: This will be the name of your brand.
Second part: Business Activity word: It displays the startup main business.
Third part: Structure word: It displays kind of company, whether it is OPC/LLP/Pvt. Ltd.
The name approval is depending upon the business activity word and the keyword. The keyword must not be same to any existing Trademark or Company in the similar industry.
Partnership firm or Sole proprietorship also requires searching of name with the MCA
The name of a sole proprietorship form can be any but we need to check the name with the trademark data and the data of the MCA.
The reason is that in the future when our business is expanding, then during that time, we are required to convert it into a company but because of the non-availability of the name, we need to check the name of our business which is lost because of the past goodwill in the market for the purpose of rebranding.
Therefore, we are required to check the database of the trademarks and the MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs). I hope now you will get the information regarding checking the company name and its availability online in India.