Question: Can You Sue Someone For Using Your Business Name?

What do you do if someone uses your business name?

If someone uses your name, simply showing proof that you’ve trademarked the name could be enough to convince a business to choose something else.

Most importantly, if you must go to court, you’ll have legal proof that you registered the name.

However, you don’t have to trademark your business name to protect it.

How do I keep someone from using my business name?

Though registering a trademark or service mark is the best way to protect your business name, some protection is still afforded to you if you have not registered. Perform a trademark search to make sure you are the only one using the name. If so, immediately begin using your business name in your advertisements.

What is it called when someone uses your name without permission?

In most states, you can be sued for using someone else’s name, likeness, or other personal attributes without permission for an exploitative purpose. Usually, people run into trouble in this area when they use someone’s name or photograph in a commercial setting, such as in advertising or other promotional activities.

Can someone use my LLC name?

The short answer is no, if you form an LLC or incorporate a company it means that a corporation or LLC cannot be filed using the same name in that state of formation. However it does not preclude anyone else from incorporating that same name in any of the other 49 states.