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      RS 51:213     


§213. Powers of the secretary of state; reservation of trade names, trademarks, and service marks

            A. The secretary of state is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations and prescribe forms for the filing of trademarks under the provisions of this Subpart, and to have the power and authority reasonably necessary to enable him to administer this Subpart efficiently and to perform the duties imposed upon him by its provisions.

            B.(1) The exclusive right to the use of a trade name, trademark, or service mark may be reserved by any person intending to apply for a trade name, trademark, or service mark under this Chapter.

            (2) Application to reserve a trade name, trademark, or service mark shall be filed with the secretary of state. If the secretary of state finds that the trade name, trademark, or service mark is available for use, he shall reserve the trade name, trademark, or service mark for the exclusive use of the applicant for a nonrenewable period of one hundred twenty days.

            (3) The right to the exclusive use of a specified trade name, trademark, or service mark so reserved may be transferred to any other person or corporation by filing in the office of the secretary of state a notice of such transfer, executed by the applicant for whom the name or mark was reserved, and specifying the name and address of the transferee.

            C. The secretary of state shall not authorize registration or use of any trade name, trademark, or service mark which deceptively or falsely suggests that the organization so denoted is of a charitable or nonprofit nature when the organization is in fact of a profit-making nature. The secretary of state shall, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, promulgate rules to provide all review procedures necessary to effect the intent of this Subsection.

            Acts 1954, No. 235, §2. Amended by Acts 1968, No. 475, §1; Acts 1976, No. 457, §1; Acts 1978, No. 181, §2; Acts 1991, No. 746, §1; Acts 2015, No. 398, §3, eff. Oct. 5. 2015.

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