Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division

Rule Rule 160-010-0012
Distinguishable on Record

For purposes of the reservation, registration, or use of a name under ORS Chapters 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 70, 128, 554, and 648, a name is distinguishable on the records of the Secretary of State Business Registry office from the name of any other active organized entity, and from a reserved or registered name, if:


Each name contains one or more different letters or numerals, or has a different sequence of letters or numerals, except that adding or deleting the letter “s” to make a word plural, singular, or possessive shall not cause a name to be distinguishable;


One of the key words is different;


The key words are the same, but they are in a different order; or


The key words are the same, but the spelling is creative or unusual.


The difference in key words is between how a number is expressed, as a numeral, Roman numeral, or word representing a numeral.

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Jun. 8, 2021