2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 180. Business corporations.
180.0403 Registered name.

180.0403

180.0403 Registered name.

180.0403(1)

(1)

180.0403(1)(a)

(a) A foreign corporation may register its corporate name if the name is distinguishable upon the records of the department from the names described in s. 180.1506 (2) (a) 1. to 7. and if the foreign corporation delivers to the department for filing an application complying with par. (b).

180.0403(1)(b)

(b) A foreign corporation's application to register a corporate name shall be accompanied by a certificate of status or similar document from the state or country of incorporation and shall include all of the following information:

180.0403(1)(b)1.

1. The foreign corporation's corporate name.

180.0403(1)(b)2.

2. The state or country and the date of its incorporation.

180.0403(1)(b)3.

3. The street address of its principal office.

180.0403(1)(c)

(c) The registration expires December 31. The foreign corporation may renew its registration by delivering to the department for filing a renewal application, which complies with par. (b), between October 1 and December 31 of each year that the registration is in effect. The renewal application when filed renews the registration for the next year.

180.0403(2)

(2) A domestic corporation or a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state may, upon merger, change of name or dissolution, register its corporate name for no more than 10 years by delivering to the department for filing an application, executed by the domestic corporation or foreign corporation, simultaneously with the delivery for filing of the articles of merger or dissolution, the articles of amendment or restated articles that change the corporate name or an application for an amended certificate of authority that changes the corporate name.

180.0403(3)

(3) A corporate name is registered under sub. (1) or (2) for the applicant's exclusive use on the effective date of the application.

180.0403(3m)

(3m) A person who has the right to exclusive use of a registered name under sub. (1) or (2) may transfer the registration to another person by delivering to the department a written and signed notice of the transfer that states the name and address of the transferee.

180.0403(4)

(4)

180.0403(4)(a)

(a) A foreign corporation whose registration is effective under sub. (1) may thereafter apply for a certificate of authority under the registered name or consent in writing to the use of that name by a domestic corporation thereafter incorporated under this chapter or by another foreign corporation thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when the domestic corporation is incorporated or the foreign corporation obtains a certificate of authority or consents to another foreign corporation obtaining a certificate of authority under the registered name.

180.0403(4)(b)

(b) The holder of a registration effective under sub. (2) may thereafter incorporate as a domestic corporation or obtain a certificate of authority under the registered name or consent in writing to use of that name by a domestic corporation thereafter incorporated under this chapter or by a foreign corporation thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when any of the following occurs:

180.0403(4)(b)1.

1. The holder incorporates as a domestic corporation or obtains a certificate of authority under the registered name.

180.0403(4)(b)2.

2. The domestic corporation that has consent to use the registered name is incorporated.

180.0403(4)(b)3.

3. The holder consents to another foreign corporation obtaining a certificate of authority under the registered name.

180.0403 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 303; 1993 a. 331; 1995 a. 27.

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