On August 8, reports revealed the agency's application to trademark "T-ara" was rejected by the Korean Intellectual Property Office. MBK stated, "It's true our trademark application for the name 'T-ara' was denied. However, we have 4 opportunities to file an application, which means we have 3 more chances to plead our case. We plan to submit another application after strengthening our case with more related documents."
This past June, the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) refused MBK Entertainment's trademark application for T-ara's name, and it looks like the application has been denied after its first official review. If the trademark is approved, the T-ara members will not be able to promote under the name for at least 10 years, and they'll have to pay royalties to the agency if they promote with their music.
Stay tuned for updates on T-ara and MBK Entertainment.