Facebook, Inc.
Google Inc.
Twitter, Inc.
Apple Inc.

This is what I read on Wikipedia about Facebook, Google, Twitter and Apple. Note that the first and third has comma before Inc.. The second and fourth has no comma again.

The question -

Which one is the correct style to write a company's name followed by Inc.? Is comma necessary to put after company's name and before Inc.?

I think there should be a strict rule as it deals with company's registration where punctuation marks do play an essential role.

Can a check put in the name of Twitter, Inc. get declined if it's registered as Twitter Inc.

Your view please.


A name is simply whatever it is. Some names have "the", some don't. Some names have commas, some don't. Some names have odd capitalization, some don't. Oddly, Facebook sometimes uses a comma and sometimes doesn't, so they may not have actually decided what their name is.

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  • According to one movie, Facebook was almost even named "The Facebook". ;-) – Damkerng T. Jan 16 '14 at 10:14
  • When it comes to the legal documents, I think a persistent style is preferred. A check put in the name of Facebook, Inc. may get declined if they find the company name Facebook Inc. as registered. – Maulik V Jan 16 '14 at 10:20
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    The legal name is definitely "FACEBOOK, INC." – David Schwartz Jan 16 '14 at 10:26
  • Checking with SEC is a great idea. For example, according to this document, we can be sure that Twitter's legal name is "Twitter, Inc." ;-) – Damkerng T. Jan 16 '14 at 10:49
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    @DavidSchwartz: Capitalization and punctuation has no meaning in legal names (you can see that in this SEC filing, the legal name of Facebook is also exactly "Facebook, Inc", even though in your document you link to it is "FACEBOOK, INC"), whereas at NASDAQ it is usually called "FACEBOOK INC" – Matt Jan 16 '14 at 11:52

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