Registration of business name/single proprietorship

What this is For:

Department of Trade and Industry

http://www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph/bnrspub/newapp.jsp (For new applicants)

What is an acceptable business name

In determining whether a business name submitted for registration is acceptable the following factors shall be considered:

The root word or words of the name shall be considered. (e.g. "Island" instead of "Islander")

The business name should describe the nature of the business.

It should be comprised solely of any or all of the following:

Letters, numerals, and punctuation that are part of the English and Filipino language.

Names which are not acceptable:

Those which are or whose nature of business are illegal, offensive, scandalous, or contrary to propriety.

Those which are identical or nearly resemble business names already registered with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or any other government office authorized by law to register names, because these are likely to cause confusion or mistake in the minds of the public and prejudice the interest of the owner of the registered business name or firm name taking into consideration the following:

o nature of the business

o product/service handled

o location/place of the business

o capitalization

o general appearance, spelling, sound and meaning

o use of dominant/descriptive words and

o such other factors as maybe determined by the BTRCP Director

Names composed purely of generic words;

Name which by law or regulation cannot be appropriated;

Names, words, terms, or expressions used to designate or distinguish, or suggestive of quality of any class of goods, articles, merchandise, or service;

Names or styles used by the government in its governmental functions;

The names or abbreviation of names, of any nation, inter-governmental or international organization unless authorized by the competent authority of that nation, inter-governmental or international organizations;

Names which are deceptive, misleading or which misrepresent the nature of the business;

Such other names which in the opinion of the Director are undesirable or analogous to the above.

How do I apply for a Business Name (Procedure)

1. Choose a Business Name

We suggest you think of at least three business names in case your first preference is not available.

If the name you have chosen is already registered or is similar to a name which is already registered, you may have to consider your next preference.

2. Search for a Business Name

You may use the online search facility to find out if your proposed business name is still available and can still be registered.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your proposed business name does not infringe on any existing trademarks.

The final determination on the availability and suitability of the name you wish to register will be made by a DTI Examiner once we have received your application.

3. Register your Business Name

Register your Business Name by completing the business applicant profile registration.

Where to File:

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

385 Industry and Investments Bldg., Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines 1200

Other Documentary Requirements:

Department of Trade and Industry

http://www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph/bnrspub/newapp.jsp (For new applicants)

What is an acceptable business name

In determining whether a business name submitted for registration is acceptable the following factors shall be considered:

The root word or words of the name shall be considered. (e.g. "Island" instead of "Islander")

The business name should describe the nature of the business.

It should be comprised solely of any or all of the following:

Letters, numerals, and punctuation that are part of the English and Filipino language.

Names which are not acceptable:

Those which are or whose nature of business are illegal, offensive, scandalous, or contrary to propriety.

Those which are identical or nearly resemble business names already registered with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or any other government office authorized by law to register names, because these are likely to cause confusion or mistake in the minds of the public and prejudice the interest of the owner of the registered business name or firm name taking into consideration the following:

o nature of the business

o product/service handled

o location/place of the business

o capitalization

o general appearance, spelling, sound and meaning

o use of dominant/descriptive words and

o such other factors as maybe determined by the BTRCP Director

Names composed purely of generic words;

Name which by law or regulation cannot be appropriated;

Names, words, terms, or expressions used to designate or distinguish, or suggestive of quality of any class of goods, articles, merchandise, or service;

Names or styles used by the government in its governmental functions;

The names or abbreviation of names, of any nation, inter-governmental or international organization unless authorized by the competent authority of that nation, inter-governmental or international organizations;

Names which are deceptive, misleading or which misrepresent the nature of the business;

Such other names which in the opinion of the Director are undesirable or analogous to the above.

How do I apply for a Business Name (Procedure)

1. Choose a Business Name

We suggest you think of at least three business names in case your first preference is not available.

If the name you have chosen is already registered or is similar to a name which is already registered, you may have to consider your next preference.

2. Search for a Business Name

You may use the online search facility to find out if your proposed business name is still available and can still be registered.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your proposed business name does not infringe on any existing trademarks.

The final determination on the availability and suitability of the name you wish to register will be made by a DTI Examiner once we have received your application.

3. Register your Business Name

Register your Business Name by completing the business applicant profile registration.