The company incorporation procedure in the Netherlands includes several mandatory steps, among which registering the company at the Dutch Trade Register and providing a company name. The name of the business should be chosen carefully so that it reflects the company. If you want to make sure that the desired company name is available, our Dutch lawyers can help you reserve a company name in the Netherlands.
There are several types of companies in the Netherlands, and although there are no restrictions when choosing a name for the company, in certain cases business owners are required to include the type of company in the business name (for example, the Dutch private limited liability company needs to have the initials BV). The available types of legal entities in the Netherlands are: sole proprietorship, partnership, private limited liability company (BV) or public limited company (NV).
Choosing and reserving a company name in the Netherlands
After choosing the right type of company for their business, entrepreneurs must register any company at the Dutch Trade Register. A company name must be provided when the registration begins. Business owners are advised to verify if a certain name is already taken by a Dutch company or else they risk changing the name if trademark oppositions arise. Trade names can also be registered and used for different sub-sections of the business.
Our lawyers in the Netherlands can help you verify if a desired company name is available in the Netherlands by checking at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, if the company name is free to use, we can register the specified company name.
By registering the company name or a specific trademark, entrepreneurs can protect the company’s image and the way it is perceived by its customers. There are two organizations that deal with trademark protection in the Netherlands: the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property or the World Intellectual Property Organization.