IDAHO UNIFORM BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS CODE
NAME OF ENTITY
30-21-301. PERMITTED NAMES. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) or (f) of this section, the name of a domestic filing entity or domestic limited liability partnership, and the name under which a foreign entity may register to do business in this state, must be distinguishable on the records of the secretary of state from any:
(1) Name of an existing domestic filing entity which at the time is not administratively dissolved for more than six (6) months;
(2) Name of a limited liability partnership whose statement of qualification is in effect;
(3) Name under which a foreign entity registered to do business in this state under part 5 of this chapter;
(4) Name reserved under section 30-21-303, Idaho Code; or
(5) Name registered under section 30-21-304, Idaho Code.
(b) If an entity consents in a record to the use of its name and submits an undertaking in a form satisfactory to the secretary of state to change its name to a name that is distinguishable on the records of the secretary of state from any name in any category of names in subsection (a) of this section, the name of the consenting entity may be used by the person to which the consent was given.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this section, in determining whether a name is the same as or not distinguishable on the records of the secretary of state from the name of another entity, words, phrases, or abbreviations indicating the type of entity, such as "corporation," "corp.," "incorporated," "Inc.," "professional corporation," "PC," "P.C.," "professional association," "PA," "P.A.," "Limited," "Ltd.," "limited partnership," "LP," "L.P.," "limited liability partnership," "LLP," "L.L.P.," "registered limited liability partnership," "RLLP," "R.L.L.P.," "limited liability limited partnership," "LLLP," "L.L.L.P.," "registered limited liability limited partnership," "RLLLP," "R.L.L.L.P.," "limited liability company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." may not be taken into account.
(d) An entity may consent in a record to the use of a name that is not distinguishable on the records of the secretary of state from its name except for the addition of a word, phrase, or abbreviation indicating the type of entity or as provided in subsection (c) of this section. In such a case, the entity need not change its name pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
(e) An entity name may not contain language falsely stating or implying government affiliation or stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by this act.
(f) An entity may use a name that is not distinguishable from a name described in subsection (a)(1) through (5) of this section if the entity delivers to the secretary of state a certified copy of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the right of the entity to use the name in this state.
(g) Nothing in this section shall abrogate or limit the law as to unfair competition or unfair practice in the use of trade names, nor 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.
(h) The use of a name in violation of this part shall not affect or vitiate the entity existence, but the courts of this state, having equity jurisdiction, may, upon the application of the state, or of any person interested or affected, enjoin such entity in violation from doing business under any name assumed in violation of this part.
[30-21-301, added 2015, ch. 243, sec. 9, p. 768.]