(a) A corporate name:
(1) Must contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” “company,” or “limited,” or the abbreviation “corp.,” “inc.,” “co.,” or “ltd.,” or words or abbreviations of like import in another language;
(2) May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by Code Section 14-2-301 and its articles of incorporation;
(3) May not contain anything which, in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary of State, is obscene; and
(4) Shall not in any instance exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
(b) Except as authorized by subsections (c) and (d) of this Code section, a corporate name must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from:
(1) The corporate name of a corporation incorporated or authorized to transact business in this state;
(2) A corporate name reserved under Code Section 14-2-402 ;
(3) The fictitious name adopted by a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state because its real name is unavailable;
(4) The corporate name of a nonprofit corporation incorporated or authorized to transact business in this state;
(5) The name of a limited partnership or professional association filed with the Secretary of State; and
(6) The name of a limited liability company formed or authorized to transact business in this state.
(c) A corporation may apply to the Secretary of State for authorization to use a name that is not distinguishable upon his records from one or more of the names described in subsection (b) of this Code section. The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if the other corporation consents to the use in writing and files with the Secretary of State articles of amendment to its articles of incorporation changing its name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name of the applying corporation.
(d) A corporation may use the name (including the fictitious name) of another domestic or foreign corporation that is used in this state if the other corporation is incorporated or authorized to transact business in this state and:
(1) The proposed user corporation has merged with the other corporation;
(2) The proposed user corporation has been formed by reorganization of the other corporation; or
(3) The other domestic or foreign corporation has taken the steps required by this chapter to change its name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name of the foreign corporation applying to use its former name.
(e) This chapter does not control the use of fictitious or trade names. Issuance of a name under this chapter means that the name is distinguishable for filing purposes on the records of the Secretary of State pursuant to subsection (b) of this Code section. Issuance of a corporate name does not affect the commercial availability of the name.
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