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George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Due Diligence

PUBLIC SOURCES: WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION FOR A DUE DILIGENCE REPORT?

Company Website

  • Background/History
  • Annual Reports
  • Recent SEC Filings
  • Management and Board of Directors
  • Corporate Governance

State Agency Websites

  • Check the website of the appropriate state agency responsible for corporations (e.g., corporations division, corporation commission, or secretary of state)
  • Typically, look for "entity" or "business" search
  • The state government website should include a company's registered agent

SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”)

  • Available at https://www.sec.gov/edgar
  • Search for company’s registration statement, periodic reports, and other filings
  • Full-text search available for past four years

USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (“TESS”)

  • Available at http://tmsearch.uspto.gov
  • Search for registered marks
  • Best option is Word and/or Design Mark Search (Structured)