How to determine if a company name is the same as another?
In determining whether a company name is "the same as" another, certain words and their abbreviations will be disregarded. These words include the definite article where it is the first word of a name and the words "company", "and company", "company limited", "and company limited", "limited", "unlimited", "public limited company", the characters "公司", "有限公司", "無限公司" and "公眾有限公司" where they appear at the end of the name. The type or cases of letters, spaces between letters, accent marks, and punctuation marks, will be disregarded.
The following expressions "and" and "&", "Hongkong", "Hong Kong", and "HK", "Far East" and "FE" are respectively to be taken as the same.
In addition, a Chinese character is to be regarded as the same as another Chinese character if the Registrar is satisfied, having regard to the usage of the 2 characters in Hong Kong, that the 2 characters can reasonably be used interchangeably.
Relative articles :
- How can I know whether the company name I intend to use is the same as a name appearing in the Index of Company Names kept by the Registrar of Companies?
- Can I use both English letters and Chinese characters in a company name?
- Can I use simplified Chinese characters in the Chinese company name of a local company?
- Is it possible to register a company with a Chinese name only?
- Can an English company name end with the word "Ltd"?
- How can a company change its name after incorporation?
- What will be the consequences if a company fails to comply with the change of name direction issued by the Registrar of Companies?
- I have already registered the name of my limited company with the Companies Registry. Can I use the registered company name as a trademark? Will my company name be protected as a registered trademark automatically?
- Am I free to choose any name I want for my company?
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