Before you try to register your company name with the Chamber of Commerce, you need to know whether the name is legally still available. Can you expect to encounter legal problems when using the name? Have you already been trading for a while, or even years, under a particular name? It is also important under these circumstances to be familiar with the existing rights, including those of your competitors. By conducting a preliminary survey – a determination of the legal position – you will get a clear idea of the risks and possibilities of using the company name.
Since a company name right is geographically limited, in principle you can enjoy legal protection of your company name in the region or area in which you are using the name. Therefore, it is wise to register the company name as a trademark as well, so that you can obtain an exclusive right to the name in a certain area, such as the Benelux or the European Union.
If you would like more information about how you can best protect your company name, please do not hesitate to contact us.