Ministry of Corporate Affairs revises the Name Availability Guidelines, 2011

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs vide General Circular No. 7/2012 dated April 25, 2012 has revised the Name Availability Guidelines, 2011. The Circular shall be implemented effective May 20, 2012.
(i) The facility of name approval through STP mode on certification by professional will continue to be available. However, such names will be put to online check by the system for ascertaining similarity with trademarks. If there is similarity of proposed name with any existing trademark, the work item will be transferred for processing in non¬STP mode.
(ii) All the names applications submitted in STP mode will be put for system check and if there is exact match of any of the two words (other than the words private limited/limited) proposed in new company’s name with any existing company’s name, then such name will also be processed in non-STP mode.
(iii) All the names approved in STP mode will be made available on the dash board of the concerned ROC for immediate examination. Such STP approved names will not be available for filing of incorporation documents up to:-
(a) 1900 hrs. of the same day, if the name through STP mode is approved by the system upto 1100 hrs. on any working day.
(b) 1900 hrs. of the any next working day if the name is approved after 1100 hrs. on any working day or on holiday/non-working day.
(iv) Name approval application in case of single word (other than words private limited/limied) shall not be processed in STP mode.

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