What's the proper style to write a company's name followed by Inc?

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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.

Maulik V

Posted 2014-01-16T09:37:19.173

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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.

David Schwartz

Posted 2014-01-16T09:37:19.173

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According to one movie, Facebook was almost even named "The Facebook". ;-) – Damkerng T. – 2014-01-16T10:14:32.953

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 – 2014-01-16T10:20:47.010

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The legal name is definitely "FACEBOOK, INC."

– David Schwartz – 2014-01-16T10:26:49.937

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. – 2014-01-16T10:49:07.387

And also "APPLE INC." [1], and "GOOGLE INC." [2].

– Damkerng T. – 2014-01-16T10:50:53.943

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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 – 2014-01-16T11:52:51.620

The "proper" American style is to put the comma. That has been deteriorating, possibly in part because the British style is to not put a comma before "Ltd.", the British equivalent to Inc., possibly because postal conventions are to remove punctuation from addresses, and possibly because it simply isn't needed. – BobRodes – 2014-02-27T20:41:57.283