I am looking to form a corporation in the state of New Hampshire, USA. I understand that a company may register a trade name with the state.
As I understand it, all companies require a legal suffix (i.e. for corporations: Incorporated, Corporation, Inc., Ltd.), and most companies use the short form of their name when doing business.
- Microsoft Corporation -> Microsoft
- Oracle Corporation -> Oracle
- Apple Inc. -> Apple
- Adobe Systems Incorporated -> Adobe (or Adobe Systems)
Now, for all these companies, the trade name they are using is simply a shortened form of the company's full legal name. For another company, say, Amtrak:
- National Railroad Passenger Corporation -> Amtrak
The trade name is completely different from the company name. So, my question is: should your company only register a trade name if the trade name is completely different than the name of the company, or should it register the trade name regardless, even if the only difference is the omission of the legal suffix?
Also, with a company like Adobe, having a descriptive word in the company name (Systems) which many companies omit, where is it more appropriate to use Adobe vs Adobe Systems and vice versa?
Also, for a company without a descriptive word (i.e. Microsoft), the name "Microsoft" should be used almost everywhere except in legal documentation and copyright notices (where "Microsoft Corporation" would be used), correct?