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Business name, name, company name, sign, domain: what differences?

Verified 04 novembre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

A company needs to be identified to distinguish itself from others and to be visible to the public. The legal name, business name, trade name, sign and domain name do not have the same status. Even if these names do not constitute a trademark, it is necessary, before using them, to check whether they are available, that is to say if they are not already used by another company. Otherwise they could be challenged by competitors.

Call name the name of a company.

It distinguishes the company from the names of its members.

It concerns only companies (SARL, EURL, SA, SAS, SNC, etc.) and does not apply to individual undertakings (IS, EIRL).

It is mandatory.

It is a term freely chosen by the partners.

The name often refers to the activity carried out.

Members become owners of the corporate name of their corporation at the time of its registration at RCS..

Before choosing the name, it is best to check that it has not already been taken by another entrepreneur.

To check its availability, it is possible to consult the Infograft database free of charge, which gives access to the company names, the commercial names and the signs registered in the RCS..

Research on enterprises registered in the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS)

Infograft

Search all companies registered in France (except in Alsace-Moselle) and order (paid application) the documents concerning them from the courts of commerce (extract Kbis in particular).

  Please note : term social is a synonym used only for companies engaged in a civil and non-commercial activity.

This is the name of the company that identifies the trade fund or the activity carried out and will be visible to the general public.

It's a communication tool.

The name of the company is chosen by the company manager.

The business name appears on business cards, company letterhead, contracts, quotes and invoices (in addition to required information).

For an individual company, it may be the family name of the creator, the manager, a third party, a pseudonym or any other invented term.

  Please note : for a liberal professional who practices as a sole proprietor, the name of the business is the same as the name of the executive.

Before choosing the business name, it is best to check that it has not already been taken by another contractor.

To check its availability, it is possible to consult the Infograft database free of charge, which gives access to the company names, the commercial names and the signs registered in the RCS..

Research on enterprises registered in the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS)

Infograft

Search all companies registered in France (except in Alsace-Moselle) and order (paid application) the documents concerning them from the courts of commerce (extract Kbis in particular).

The trade name may be mentioned in RCS..

  Please note : for a corporation, the trade name is the name or business name.

The sign shall physically and geographically identify the place where the activity takes place.

It is a visual sign for passers-by in a public place. It allows passers-by to identify the trade and activity that is there.

The sign is often located on the front of the commercial premises.

It may be the same as the business name, the family name of the operator, the street name of the premises or any other name.

It may also be an emblem, logo, object, sign or any other symbol.

Before choosing your brand, it is best to check that it has not already been taken by another contractor.

To check its availability, it is possible to consult the Infograft database free of charge, which gives access to the company names, the commercial names and the signs registered in the RCS..

Research on enterprises registered in the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS)

Infograft

Search all companies registered in France (except in Alsace-Moselle) and order (paid application) the documents concerning them from the courts of commerce (extract Kbis in particular).

  Please note : the installation of a sign on the facade of a store must respect rules and is subject to authorization from the town hall.

The manager of the company becomes the owner of the name or symbol of his sign from the first time he uses it in a document (flyers, advertisements, invoices).

It may be mentioned in RCS..

This is the name of your website.

You must choose this name if you want to sell products or services online on a website.

It will allow users to access the web pages of your site.

To do this, you must reserve a domain name.

This booking is done with an organization. Organizations differ according to the company's head office or the creator's place of residence.

  Warning : only the mark is an intellectual property title. It alone gives protection to the intellectual rights of the business creator.

It is advisable to check if the chosen domain name has not already been taken by another company for a trade name, a sign or a corporate name.

To check its availability, it is possible to consult the Infograft database free of charge, which gives access to the company names, the commercial names and the signs registered in the RCS..

Research on enterprises registered in the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS)

Infograft

Search all companies registered in France (except in Alsace-Moselle) and order (paid application) the documents concerning them from the courts of commerce (extract Kbis in particular).

It is best to choose a domain name that is identical to your business name.

  Warning : it is recommended to register your domain name as a trademark and to deposit to theInpi..