Same company name, different country. What does the law says?


if the company name in country A is the same with the company name in country B, and in the same industry, does it have any regulations about it?

I am the one who comes second at that name.

Thank you.

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asked Nov 18 '12 at 08:27
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  • Without knowing the specifics it's impossible to answer this question. What are the countries in question? Does the first company have a trademark, and in what countries? – Zuly Gonzalez 8 years ago
  • You better read this. It perfectly matches your question 8 years ago
  • Firstly,You should consult with the local government and to find lawyers to resolve – Weyes2013 8 years ago

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Do they have a trademark on that name in their country, any other countries, or your country? IIf so, you have to worry about where you use their trademark.

answered Nov 18 '12 at 09:20
Gary E
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  • Thank you for your answer. So I feel "safe" because is a small firm and they do not have any trademarks other than their country. – Nikolai 8 years ago


Depends on the country and type of business you are dealing with. Your products/services are being traded with in country or locally then their will be no trouble for the company. However, if your company involved in trading on different parts of the world and other company too then there will be clash between your and other company dealing same products/services with same name at the same location.

answered Nov 18 '12 at 17:31
Canven Consulting
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I think the question everyone should be asking you first is, why are you naming your company exactly the same as an existing company in the same industry but in a different country? I mean, is the name that good? and if it is, wouldn't that be a problem for the other company and you as well when customers start getting confused and potentially think that both companies are the same? If you still want to do this for some reason that I will not understand, then the easiest way to find out about this is to ask a trademark lawyer.

answered Nov 20 '12 at 12:18
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The best example of what could happen is the case of Nissan Computer in the United States.

Just read the lawsuit and the subsequent actions sections.

answered Nov 27 '12 at 04:16
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