Registering company names
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 web site.