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Can i use IRS in my business name

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can i use IRS in my business name
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

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No, you can't use IRS or any variant in your business name. You can't use any government agency name in yours.

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Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

Government names, symbols, abbreviations, and the like have been granted protections similar to trademarks both by statute and by case law. An example is cited below for Postal Service:

Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

Other marks have been registered or used as trademarks by various government agencies without special statutory protection, where any protection is assessed under traditional tests for infringement and likelihood of confusion. For example, the U.S. Postal Service was successful in asserting an anticybersquatting claim against the registrant of the domain based on the agency’s ownership of the unregistered mark POSTAL SERVICE as a descriptive mark having acquired secondary meaning. Zipee Corp. v. U.S. Postal Service, 140 F. Supp. 2d 1084 (D. Or. 2000).

I could not find an example of use of IRS, but it is reasonable to extend this case decision to yours. You will not prevail.

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Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.