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Registering company names

Companies House

Companies House is responsible for company registration in Great Britain.

Company law is different from trade mark law. You cannot stop someone using a trade mark, which is the same or similar to yours, just by registering your name with Companies House.

We cannot guarantee that the name of a company accepted for registration at Companies House is acceptable by us as a registered trade mark.

The company name may not qualify as a trade mark because, for example:

  • It is not considered distinctive,
  • It is a descriptive word or term
  • It may indicate geographical origin,
  • It may already be registered in someone else’s name

The following examples of company names would not be accepted as trade marks:

  • Reliable Builders
  • Cheap Car Insurance Company

In the same way, a trade mark, which is a word, might not be accepted for registration at Companies House.

To find out more visit the Companies House External Link web site.

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Trade marks and company names

To help clarify the difference between a trade mark and a company name, Companies House provide a useful table explaining the functions performed by the different offices.