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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Friday, June 29, 2018

MBK Entertainment's trademark application for the group name T-ara gets refused

The Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) refused the T-ara trademark application from MBK Entertainment.

Back in January, it was revealed that MBK Entertainment filed for the trademark rights of the group name T-ara prior to their disbandment. The agency's CEO Kim Kwang Sooclaimed in an interview that the members of T-ara cannot hold the rights to the group name.


However, on June 27, KIPRIS announced MBK Entertainment's trademark application has been refused. According to KIPRIS, "trademark that consists of the name, title, portrait, signature, seal/stamp, literary name, pen name, stage name, of a prominent person cannot be registered," under the Trademark Act. It's additionally stated that the application can only be approved with the group members' agreement.

The final verdict on the application will be made after further examination.

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