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QUESTION: If for example the name “Elite” is trademarked, but “Elite Inc” is available in my state to register as corporation, can i get it? Or will it conflict with trademarked name and i might have issues in the future? Does the Inc ending change the trademark? Elite is just a sample.

ANSWER: Even if you can register a corporate name with your Secretary of State, you cannot necessarily use the corporate name as a trademark. Your corporate name, if used as a trademark, may infringe another trademark.

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