Nonprofit Corporations

ORS 65.094
Corporate name


A corporate name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by ORS 65.074 (Purposes) and the articles of incorporation.


A corporate name may not contain the word “cooperative” or the phrase “limited partnership.”


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


Except as authorized by subsection (5) of this section, a corporate name must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from any other corporate name, professional corporate name, business corporate name, cooperative name, limited partnership name, business trust name, reserved name, registered corporate name or assumed business name of active record with the Secretary of State.


The corporate name need not satisfy the requirement of subsection (4) of this section if the applicant delivers to the Secretary of State 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. [1989 c.1010 §32; 2019 c.174 §23]


Last accessed
Jun. 26, 2021