AS OF AUGUST 21, 2000 AN AMENDMENT TO TITLE 15 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF NAMES FOR CORPORATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT:


A NAME MUST BE DISTINGUISHABLE FROM TITLE 15 CORPORATION AND OTHER ASSOCIATION NAMES BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AND ASSOCIATION NAMES REGISTERED UNDER CHAPTER 5 OF TITLE 54.


UNDER THE PRIOR NAME AVAILABILITY RULES, THE PLURAL FORM OF A WORD WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE SAME AS THE SINGULAR AND GEOGRAPHIC DESIGNATIONS AND NUMBERS AND THE WORDS "AND" AND "OR" WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO MAKE A NAME AVAILABLE AND THE USE OF THESE WORDS OR THE PLURAL FORM OF A WORD WERE CONSIDERED TO RENDER A PROPOSED NAME "CONFUSINGLY" SIMILAR.


UNDER THE NEW NAME AVAILABILITY RULES NAMES WILL BE CONSIDERED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR USE IF THE PROPOSED NAME IS "DISTINGUISHABLE" FROM A CURRENTLY REGISTERED NAME.


THE ONLY RESTRICTIONS ARE THAT PUNCTUATION MARKS, THE USE OF THE WORDS "THE" "A" OR "AN" OR OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS OR AN ABBREVIATION OF ANY OF THEM TO DESIGNATE THE STATUS OF A CORPORATION OR OTHER ASSOCIATION NAME WILL NOT MAKE A NAME "DISTINGUISHABLE":

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PENNSYLVANIA ENTITY NAMES

(THIS ALSO APPLIES TO THE USE OF ONE OF THESE WORDS IN ANY LANGUAGE)

EXAMPLES:

COMPUTER COMPANY IS NOT DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
COMPUTER CORPORATION


COMPUTER COMPANY
IS DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
COMPUTERS CORPORATION


ABC, INCORPORATED IS NOT DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
ABC CORPORATION


ABC, INCORPORATED
IS DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
ABC OF HARRISBURG, INCORPORATED


ABC INCORPORATION IS DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
ABC CORPORATION


ABC ASSOCIATES, INC. IS DISTINGUISHABLE FROM
ABC AND ASSOCIATES, INC.

THE NEW LAW DOES NOT PRECLUDE A LEGAL CHALLENGE FROM A PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED ENTITY REGARDING INFRINGEMENT OF COMMON LAW RIGHTS.

DECENNIAL FILINGS


THE DECENNIAL FILING DEADLINE FOR ASSOCIATION NAMES, MARKS AND INSIGNIAS HAS BEEN DELAYED FROM DECEMBER 31, 2000 TO DECEMBER 31, 2001 AND FICTITIOUS NAMES ARE NOW EXEMPT FROM THE DECENNIAL FILING REQUIREMENTS.

M. BURR KEIM COMPANY
2021 ARCH STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103

215-563-8113
OR
800-533-8113
(OUTSIDE 215 AREA CODE)


Back