The rules for registering a business name can vary from state-to-state. Attorney Nina Kaufman recommends protecting your name by registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Having a trademark can give you an edge when dealing with a company that has a competing name -- especially if it's operating in another state, she says.
Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.