Private Corporations

ORS 60.094
Corporate name


A corporate name shall contain one or more of the words “corporation,” “incorporated,” “company” or “limited” or an abbreviation of one or more of those words.


A corporate name shall not contain the word “cooperative.”


A corporate name shall be written in the alphabet used to write the English language and may include Arabic and Roman numerals and incidental punctuation.


A corporate name shall be distinguishable upon the records of the office from any other corporate name, professional corporate name, nonprofit corporate name, cooperative name, limited partnership name, business trust name, reserved name, registered corporate name or assumed business name of active record with the office.


The corporate name need not satisfy the requirement of subsection (4) of this section if the applicant delivers to the office a certified copy of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction that finds that the applicant has a prior or concurrent right to use the corporate name in this state.


The provisions of this section do not prohibit a corporation from transacting business under an assumed business name.


The provisions of this section do not:


Abrogate or limit the law governing unfair competition or unfair trade practices; or


Derogate from the common law, the principles of equity or the statutes of this state or of the United States with respect to the right to acquire and protect trade names. [1987 c.52 §26]

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 57.045)

14 WLJ 239 (1978); 62 OLR 159 (1983)

Chapter 60

Notes of Decisions

In General

Owner of corporate shares that does not meet definition for "shareholder" does not have statutorily created inspection rights. Yeoman v. Public Safety Center, Inc., 241 Or App 255, 250 P3d 411 (2011), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Under Former Similar Statutes (Ors Chapter 58)

This chapter as authorizing partnership of corporation and individual; validity of partnership between a private corporation and an individual when corporation charter so provides, (1972) Vol 36, p 94

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statutes (Ors Chapter 57)

18 WLR 123 (1982)

In General

24 WLR 203, 257, 275 (1988); 30 WLR 407 (1994)


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