Pennsylvania has created a decennial report (previously there were no reports due to the state). Decennial filings are filed every ten years. The decennial report is intended to require entities to identify business names or marks that are no longer in use so they may be reissued and placed back into the stream of commerce.
The 2011 decennial filing forms are now available and must be filed before January 1, 2012. The entities that are affected and required to file will receive the appropriate filing forms and instructions by mail through their registered office. The cost to file is $70.
Failure to file by December 31, 2011: the entity will no longer have exclusive use of its name as of January 1, 2012. While the business entity continues to exist, its name becomes available in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.