Forming an Entity? Check for Infringement Before Formation.

March 20, 2013, 03:23 PM

Even if you do not intend to use your companys name as a trademark, service mark, domain name or trade name, you should perform some basic due diligence before you file the necessary paperwork with the state to form the company. The Patent and Trademark Office and most domain name registrars have free online searchable databases. The time and effort put into performing these searches before the company is formed can save you from the headache and cost of finding out later than your companys name is infringing on someone elses registered trademark. —Nicole J. Harrell