Pennsylvania requires certain business entities file a Decennial Report every 10 years to confirm their continued existence or the continued used of their marks in the Commonwealth. If a company fails to file a required Decennial Report, it will no longer have exclusive use of its name or registered mark, as the Bureau will be able to reissue the name or mark to another entity.
The Decennial Report is required if a company has not made a new or amended filing with the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (the “Bureau”) from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2021. The Report is required to be filed by December 31, 2021 with a $70 filing fee. New and amended filings do not include decennial filings, name reservations, name searches, consents to appropriate name or fictitious name registrations.
If a company is required to file a Decennial Report, its registered office should have received a post card from the Pennsylvania Department of State. If there is any question as to whether a filing is required, please reach out to us or check the Bureau’s website: Decennial Filing (pa.gov).