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How to Name Your Business
Stop. Don’t spend anymore time and money developing business name ideas or even building your existing company until you have deeply considered whether your brand is trademarkable.
Naming your business is a real challenge. Even if you think you struck gold with a catchy name and an available .com, your work has only just begun.
The sad reality is that many business names are simply not protectable under trademark law. If a business name is not protectable, any competitor could conceivably set up shop under the same brand. Imagine how confused your customers would be if another company with a nearly identical name as yours opened for business down the street. It’s a potential disaster that could and should be avoided.
A basic tenet of branding is the importance of crafting a name that sets you apart. Ideally, this is a unique identity that instantly gives your customers a feeling about your brand and clearly identifies your business as the source of certain goods or services. No matter where you are in the branding process, it’s important to ask: how protectable is your brand name?
What’s in a Brand Name?
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