Alberta nuans search report
All Named Company Incorporations in Alberta require you to have
completed a valid nuans search report in the last 90 days.
The poor choice of a business name, corporate name, could bring unwanted legal
For example, if the name you chooses is the same as, or similar to, an existing
trade name, corporate name or trademark, an offended party could take you to
court and ask a judge to direct you to stop using the name.
One of the best thing to do is to search for a domain name for your
business or corporation name when the nuans search report has been done. The
domain name registration is very important for your business to have the online
presence and doing business over the Internet. Not all the names are available
for registration, so you have to do a name search to find the right name for
your website. To do a domain name search for your corporate name, use our
domain name website
and search the perfect domain name. You have to secure your online presence
registering the domain name you have searched before somebody else will take
How to get the best Alberta Nuans Search results:
Exact Name Search - NUANS is a phonetic look-up database. If you enter
the exact name as you want to use then the database is only looking for that
exact name. Therefore, DO NOT include the
legal element (LTD., INC., CORP, LIMITED, INCORPORATED OR CORPORATION) as part
of your search.
Distinctive Element - Search unique distinctive elements first. This
element to your name is what will make your name unique from every other name
already registered. Search this by itself only if it is very unique.
Example of a very unique name: 'Kodak', is very unique because it
is a fictitious word and can be searched alone. 'Dynamite', on the other hand,
is not as unique because it is a common word that can be found in the
dictionary. Initials are not a good distinctive element because JHS
Construction is the same as HJS Construction, SHJ Construction, JSH
Construction, etc. in corporate registrations. Therefore, initials will NOT
make your proposed name distinctive.
We give you access to the Pre-screening area for 5 free Alberta
Nuans prescreen searches (per nuans report) of the corporate database so that
you can view any direct conflicts prior to submitting your formal nuans report.
You can contact us and one of our staff will help you to get the right
corporate name with no conficts or future problems with your corporate name.
Descriptive Element - Include your business description. Your corporate
name will be much stronger if you do have a business description with your
distinctive element, especially when your distinctive element is a common word
likely found in the dictionary.
Example: Dynamite Explosives Suppliers should be searched instead of 'Dynamite'
Initials - Place spaces between the initials. We do not suggest using
initials in your corporate name because of what is described in the Distinctive
Element section above, however, if you are planning on using initials as your
Distinctive Element to your name please place spaces between the initials for
search purposes. Example: J H S Corporate Name Search Services.
Phonetic Similarities - Search it the way you normally spell it. In
corporate registrations there is no difference between "Dynamite" and
"Dienamyte". Phonetic similarities are direct conflicts when registering
Keep it Simple - Only search what you need. You can eliminate all
non-essential words from this pre-screen search. Example: Inc, Ltd, Corp, The,
and, &, and all punctuations.
In a review of The Business Corporations Act dictates what constitutes bad
corporate names without making reference to what is good. Section 12 prohibits
the use of a name when;
12(1) The name shall not be identical to any name that is;
currently on the Registry.
reserved for future use
prohibited by the Regulations
12(2) The name is disapproved by the Registrar because the name;
The name is vulgar or immoral to you, the reader.
is likely to mislead or confuse.
This statement causes the most problems as someone other than the Registrar is
charged with the responsibility of determining if the name is confusing. The
normal test that we apply is "What does the name really say" and "How do the
two names stand beside each other"?
If you saw the two names beside each other would you be able to
determine the nature of work of each without being confused. Would you assume
that the two businesses offered the same services or that the services of one
were the services of the other. Would you assume that the businesses are
somehow related or of the some owners.
is similar to an existing name.
The test here is the same as the one above. As an example of the above "Hair by
James" is the same as "James Hair Salon".
There are however, exceptions to the above. The common exception is
the written consent to the user of the offending name from the first user of
the name. In the example above these two names could exist beside each other if
the owner of the first business gave consent to the owner of the other.
you have chosen a name for your corporate name, you must contact an
Alberta private search house to order a Search Report
on your proposed name. Once you have decided to incorporate, the first step is
to choose a suitable name for your new corporation to search the name of your
corporation. This report will determine if there are any other corporations
with the same or a similar name.
Alberta Nuans Search and get your Nuans Search Report.
In addition to the Act there exists a set of Regulations that
govern how the act is to be interpreted.
After you have the corporate name search report known as the nuans
search report, the next step would be to incorporate your new business
If you would like to know more about how to incorporate, selecting the right
type of incorporation, please use
incorporating companies in Alberta