How do you patent a company name?
Protecting a business name or logo is done through trademark, not patent. The process is fairly straightforward, but it usually starts with one or two name ideas, or a finished logo, then passes through a search phase, into the application phase, where the name or logo is filed as a trademark. The process is completed when the trademark registers. A registered trademark can protect your name indefinitely, so long as the name is used in association with the goods and services.
Patents protect the functional aspects of a product, that make it new an unique over what else is out there. A patent requires invention, and you may have invented if you overcame a problem during the design of the product. A patent provides 20 years of protection from filing, but is more difficult to get.
Copyright protects works such as literature or corporate writing, video, audio recordings, sculpture and performances. Basically, copyright can be filed for once the work has been published, and it lasts for 70 years after the death of the author, but there are many nuances as to the actual length that a copyright remains valid. Copyright can also be used to protect the artistic aspects of a company logo.
“Patent a name” may be sometimes misspelled as “patten a name”.