Someone stole my lawn care company name.

It can be very frustrating trying to come up with a lawn care business name for your new mowing company. But what should you do if after you register a name, you find someone else is using it? Should this be a big deal or no? Are there ways to protect yourself? As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the first step you should take before you register a business name is to research that name. There are a lot of lawn care businesses out there spread across a very large area, so the chances of someone else using your same name somewhere is higher than you might expect. So save yourself a big headache later and put the time in to research it now before you get started.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I recently registered my new lawn care business name and I set up a google alert for that name. Now I get email alerts when google runs across new sites with that name.

Within one week of setting up that alert, I got a new hit for Green Grass Lawn Service, which is my company name. I follow the link and find that someone else in another state has stolen my name and is using it for their mowing business. Not only that, but upon further investigation I find that the thieving low life also copied some of the content from my website and posted it on his! What should I do about this?”

Lawn care business name

Lawn care business name

A second lawn care business owner said “you are assuming the idea was taken. Here are some points I want to share with you in hopes of trying to get you to see this from another perspective.

  1. You feel the other company is copying your web site. After looking at both of your websites, I found nothing that is copied other than the name of the company.
  2. Both sites are around the same age and the exact age is unable to be determined. So they went up around the same time.
  3. It is entirely possible that the two of you came up with the same idea at the same time.
  4. Why did you get the domain with an ’s’ at the end of ‘Services’ instead of the singular spelling? Was the singular one gone or was that your intention?

You are crucifying someone else without all the facts. After I came up with the name for my company, I found others were using a similar name and I had never seen them before. They weren’t in my service area so I wasn’t really concerned about it. I am not defending this person at all because it does look like he took the name but then again you may not like it. I don’t think there is anything criminal about what he did though.

Before you registered your lawn care business name did you do a google search on it and see how many other people might have been using that name? Hell while you are at it, look up Jay’s Lawn Care! There are at least 200 company’s with that name. What makes me stand out from the other 199 company’s with the same name? Since I am registered in my county with that business name, no one else can use it in the county. If your concern is larger than your local county, here are some things you can consider doing to prevent this from happen with a name no one else is using.

  1. Form a corporation. - This will prevent any other business from opening in your state with the same name or do business as with the same name. This does not prevent someone in another state from opening a business there in the other state with the same name.
  2. File a Trademark - copyright isn’t worth squat, you need a trademark. That is why you have Coke and Pepsi as the names are trademarked. With this you can shutdown anyone anywhere in the United States. Trademark needs to be federal.
  3. Buy up all the domains that are similar to yours. (.net .co .biz, plurals and singulars of your name to keep the web space yours.) Otherwise it is fair game, that is unless you have the trademark.
  4. Don’t lose sleep over it and move on.

In the bigger picture, having someone operating with the same name in another state is not going to effect you in the least.

You can always find another business name no one is using and start with a clean slate, after all, you are new to this business name so it would be better to change now than later after you have spent more money and years building up the brand.”

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