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gibby1
13-06-2003, 09:19 PM
Hi

Im looking for a bit of advice. I am opening a Mobile PC Repair business and would like to call it "PC Doctor". Looking through yell.co.uk there are 35 other places with the same name. The closest one is about 11 mile away but the same telephone area code.

1. Is there any legal restrictions with me using this?

2. Is there any way that I can make it so that only I can use it? (I think that the other business is a small time business.

thanks

Chris

mattley23
13-06-2003, 09:26 PM
I would find out if the name has been registered by visiting companies house. If it has then tough luck im afraid.
But to be honest if there is another company close to you called PC Doctor then I really wouldn't be wanting to call my business that!!??!?!

BenZine
13-06-2003, 10:51 PM
Hi Chris,

Take a look at http://ws5.companieshouse.gov.uk/notes/gbf3.html. It explains the whole topic of business names much better than I can. You can also check whether the name you intend to use is registered as a trademark by searching the Patent Office (http://www.patent.gov.uk/tm/dbase/index.htm) database.

Ben.