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322A.02 Name.

(a) The name of each limited partnership as set forth in its certificate of limited partnership:

(1) shall contain the words "limited partnership" or the abbreviation "LP" or "L.P." or in the case of a limited liability limited partnership shall contain:

(i) the words "limited liability limited partnership" or the abbreviation "LLLP" or "L.L.L.P."; or

(ii) the words "limited partnership" or the abbreviation "LP" or "L.P." plus the words "Registered Limited Liability Partnership" or "Limited Liability Partnership" or the abbreviation "R.L.L.P.," "L.L.P.," "RLLP," or "LLP";

(2) may not contain the name of a limited partner unless (i) it is also the name of a general partner or the corporate name of a corporate general partner, or (ii) the business of the limited partnership had been carried on under that name before the admission of that limited partner;

(3) must be distinguishable from the name of a domestic corporation or limited partnership, whether profit or nonprofit, or a foreign corporation or limited partnership authorized or registered to do business in this state, whether profit or nonprofit, a limited liability company, whether domestic or foreign, a limited liability partnership, whether domestic or foreign, or a name the right to which is reserved or provided for in the manner provided for in sections 302A.117, 322A.03, 322B.125, or 333.001 to 333.54, unless there is filed with the certificate a written consent, court decree of prior right, or affidavit of nonuse, of the kind required by section 302A.115, subdivision 1, paragraph (d); and

(4) may not contain the following words: corporation, incorporated.

The secretary of state shall determine whether a name is "distinguishable" from another name for purposes of this section and section 322A.03. This section does not abrogate or limit the law of unfair competition or unfair practices, nor sections 333.001 to 333.54, nor the laws of the United States with respect to the right to acquire and protect copyrights, trademarks, service names, service marks, or any other rights to the exclusive use of names or symbols, nor derogate the common law or principles of equity.

(b) A person doing business in this state may contest the subsequent registration of a name with the Office of the Secretary of State as provided in section 5.22.

HIST: 1980 c 582 art 5 s 2; 1984 c 618 s 32; 1986 c 430 s 2; 1989 c 292 s 15; 1992 c 517 art 1 s 31; 1995 c 58 s 4; 1995 c 128 art 2 s 4; 1999 c 85 art 3 s 12