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Foreign Entities

Foreign: A corporate entity which is organized under the laws of a different state or country. A "foreign" entity must file a notice of doing business in any state in which it does substantial regular business. See our Start or Qualify a Business Section for specific filing/licensing information.

Uniform Commercial Code

A Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filing is a public notice of a secured transaction.  A financing statement indicates a commercial agreement between a debtor and a secured party.   Searches provide information on collateral.  When a debtor pledges collateral on a loan, UCC search results tell lenders if others have filed a claim against the same collateral.

Trademark/Service Mark

You may register a state-level trademark or service mark with the RI Department of State. The mark must be in use prior to application.  For information on federal trademarks, copyright and patent filings visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office