Search domain names to see if your company name is available (who is):
Search yellow pages for similar company name:
Filing a fictitious business name statement does not license you to conduct
business, it will only register your fictitious business name. Contact
the appropriate local agency to obtain a business license.
For within city limits
• Rio Vista
For outside of city limits but in Solano County
Solano County TTCCC
Attn: Business License Processing
600 Texas Street, Suite 105
Fairfield, CA 94533
Hours of operation: 8:30 - 4:00 P.M. Monday - Friday
Phone (707) 421-7485
Filing of Ficticious Name Statement
State law (Business & professions §17910) requires that every
person, partnership, corporation, or other association, who regularly
transacts business in this State for profit under a fictitious business
name, shall file a statement with the County Clerk.
Newspaper Publication Requirement:
Within 30 days after the statement has been filed, the registrant shall
cause it to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the
County in which the business is located, and the Affidavit of Publication
filed with the County Clerk within 30 days after the completion of
If your company name doesn't include your last name.
State (California) Level
Secretary of State
1500 11th Stree, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 1-916-653-4984
• Downloadable forms, fees $30 - 70:
The forms provide the minimum filing requirements of the California Business
and Professions Code, and are not intended to provide legal or business
advice. If you have specific legal questions or concerns you should
contact a private attorney.
Referral of Private Service Companies:
United States Federal Level
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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Trademarking service companies:
Trademark checks & Searches:
~$250 and up (registration is extra)
Application Prep & Filing:
~$150 and up
Fed filing fee:
Application: $335.00 other fees possible ~$100
State filing fees:
Application: ~$30 - 70
~$250 + $150 + ~$70 = ~$470
Logo Design Federal Trademark Research:
~$300 - 450
~$25 min. at $100/hr
Attorney Referral Services:
Free if there are infringements on your logo
Searched GDS jobs:
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What is the difference
between a Trademark, Service Mark, and Trade Name?
Without any registration you are still covered, but it is harder to prove
in court if someone infringes on your name/logo. It depends on who
has been using the mark/logo the longest (usually at least 5 years),
who has been using it on product/services and is visible to the public
eye the most. Similarities are much more narrowly defined under common
law for sound, appearance and meaning (easier if unique or made up
words) than for registered or pending trademarks.
A word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof adopted and
used by a person to identify goods made
or sold by him/her and to distinguish them from goods made or sold
by others. (Business and Professions Code 14207)
A mark used in the sale or advertising of services to
identify the services of one person and distinguish them from
the services of others. (Business and Professions Code 14206)
A word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof used by a
person to identify his business, vocation,
or occupation, and distinguish it from the business, vocation,
or occupation of others. (Business and Professions Code 14208)
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United
States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the
authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary,
dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.
This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of
copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do certain
things. Click for more info.
Example: A song, book, article
What symbol (™,
sm or ®) should be used?
These symbols can be used as a means of claiming legal rights to the
trademark. It is not required to have an application pending on a federal
or state level to use the ™ or "sm" symbols. The ® may
only be used upon completion of registration with the USPTO. If the ® is
misused, the USPTO can deny attempts for future registration.
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What is the term that denotes the passing of a trademarked word, like
zipper, into common usage?
An "eponym" is a proper name used generically. In the past, eponyms usually
came from the names of people. Now they include once-trademarked names
of brands, such as "aspirin" "escalator" and "thermos." Readers may be
surprised to learn that the following are active trademarks and not generic:
Dumpster, Frisbee, Jeep, Kleenex, Ping-Pong, Popsicle and Windbreaker.
- From Ask Marilyn By Marilyn von Savant 03/30/08 Parade Magazine