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MCA vide notice dt. 17.12.2018 has invited comments on Draft amendment to rule 8 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 regarding name availability:

MCA vide notice dated 17.12.2018 has invited comments / suggestions on draft amendment to Rule 8 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 regarding name availability. This amendment is intended to bring more clarity regarding name availability. This amendment is focused on:

  1. Inclusion of Illustrations in the Rules;
  2. providing a clear test to determine as to whether the applied name resembles too nearly with the name of an existing company; and
  3. Bringing more clarity in the rule related to “General names” / descriptive names and trademark availability.

Further, the Rule 8 has been restructured in 3 parts as follows:

Rule 8: Names which resemble too nearly with the name of an existing company.

Rule 8A: Undesirable Names

Rule 8B: Word or expression which can be used only after obtaining previous approval of Central Government

The Suggestions / comments shall be provided with justification latest by 31.12.2018 through email at

 reservation.name@mca.gov.in in the format prescribed thereunder.

Said Notice is available on following link:MCA_Notice_17.12.18_IncorpRulesAmdmtComnts

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