Red Lion, PA asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Montana

Q: Taking a name?

My family lives in PA, but we want to start a ranch in Montana. The name Mountain Valley Ranch is already issued as an assumed business name but under the sub of an individual. We were looking to go in as an LLC to protect assets. Are we able to submit that name as an LLC without legal issues?

1 Lawyer Answer
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz

A: This is a question of Montana law, not Pennsylvania law. Most likely, you will have to get the permission of the current owner of the name to use their name. Under Pennsylvania law, a person or company does not acquire any intellectual property rights in the registered name of a company, but the law may be different In Montana. In any event, as far as I know no Secretary of State permits the registration of a name that is confusingly similar to another existing registered name.

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