What does the statute say about distinguishable on record? - OAR 160-010-0012
For purposes of the reservation, registration or use of a name under ORS chapters 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 70, 128, 554, and 648, a name is distinguishable on the records of the Secretary of State Business Registry office from the name of any other active organized entity, and from a reserved or registered name, if
Each name contains one or more different letters or numerals, or has a different sequence of letters or numerals, except that adding or deleting the letter “s” to make a word plural, singular or possessive shall not cause a name to be distinguishable;
One of the key words is different;
The key words are the same, but they are in a different order; or
The key words are the same, but the spelling is creative or unusual.
The difference in key words is between how a number is expressed, as a numeral, Roman numeral, or word representing a numeral.
Basically, a business name is distinguishable if it does not copy a name already on record. A word or even a one-letter difference in a name is often enough to tell it apart from another name in the database. In addition, an assumed business name is filed by county, so there may be identical names in the database, each of which is associated with different counties.