DBA Names

I am venturing out to create a line of software applications for the small hospitality businesses, i.e. restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. I want to obtain a DBA name. When I googled the process I got what seems
to be a way to to do it on a county by county basis, at least in Texas. How do I get a DBA name that is mine for a greater geographic area, at least for the whole state.
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The best place to check is the Secretary of State for your state. I didn't look at the Texas site but most that I've seen give you information on setting up a business, common things to do and/or watch out for and they usually address common issues such as registering a DBA. Your state may handle it at the county level as you've mentioned above but the Secretary of State web site should be very helpful for you.
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For what you are planning, it probably would be good to hire a patent/trademark attorney to run a nationwide search and clear that name before you put it out there.
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