PA Statute requires that all entities must file a report with the PA Department of State - Corporation Bureau, informing them of the entity's continued existence or continued use of a name or certain marks. The purpose of these filings, according to the Corporation Bureau, is to identify business names or marks that are no longer in use so that they may be reissued and placed back into the stream of commerce. If a corporation does not register its name on a decennial (every 10 years) basis, starting in the year 2000, it may lose its exclusive right to use its corporate name.
All domestic and foreign profit and nonprofit corporations, limited partnerships, fictitious names, insignias and marks that have not made a new or amended filing with the Corporation Bureau from January 1, 1990 through December 31, 1999, shall decennially, during the year 2000 and each year thereafter divisible by 10, file with the Corporation Bureau a report that they continue to exist. Act 43 has altered requirements for filing. The filing date for decennial reports has been extended to December 31, 2001. Decennial reports for fictitious name are no longer required.
If you have received notice from the Corporation Bureau, or if you feel it is necessary that a decennial report should be made, we would be happy to assist you. We have copies of the appropriate forms to be filed in our office. Copies may also be obtained from the Corporation Bureau's website. There is a filing fee of $52.00 made payable to the Department of State associated with the filing of the decennial report.