Mississippi Code Title 79. Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships § 79-4-4.01 § 79-4-4.01. Requirements

(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;  and

(2) May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by Section 79-4-3.01 and its articles of incorporation.

(b) Except as authorized by subsections (c) and (d), 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) The fictitious name adopted by a foreign corporation or foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state because its real name is unavailable;

(3) The corporate name of a nonprofit corporation incorporated or authorized to transact business in this state;

(4) The name of a limited partnership, limited liability partnership or limited liability company that is organized or registered under the laws of this state and which has not been dissolved;  and

(5) A name that is reserved or registered in the Office of the Secretary of State for any of the entities named in subsection (b) of this section which reservation or registration has not expired.

(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).  The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if:

(1) The other corporation consents to the use in writing and submits an undertaking in form satisfactory to the Secretary of State to change its name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name of the applying corporation;  or

(2) The applicant delivers to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the applicant's right to use the name applied for in this state.

(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 the proposed user corporation:

(1) Has merged with the other corporation;

(2) Has been formed by reorganization of the other corporation;  or

(3) Has acquired all or substantially all of the assets, including the corporate name, of the other corporation.

(e)  Section 79-4-1.01 et seq. does not control the use of fictitious names.


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