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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 12 days ago

All of MBK Entertainment's trademark applications for 'T-ara' get rejected

The trademark dispute on T-ara's name has come to a conclusion. 

On January 8, the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) announced MBK Entertainment's trademark application for the name 'T-ara' has been ultimately rejected. 

Back in December 2017, MBK Entertainment applied for the rights to T-ara's name in all 4 categories including category 41 (entertainment), category 09 (photography/film), category 03 (cosmetics), and category 25 (clothing). 

In June, the application was 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.

MBK Entertainment continued to fight for the rights despite the refusal. In August 2018, MBK Entertainment applied for an extension of category 41 and 09. In October and November, category 03 and category 25 were officially rejected, respectively. On January 3, KIPRIS announced the rejection of category 09, and on the 8th, the rejection of category 41. 

As a result, the members of T-ara will be able to freely use their name without MBK Entertainment's interference. 

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hotmamajama 12 days ago 7
12 days ago

I'll never get over the fact that MBK tried to trademark all of this, like they think they own these women smh

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hiroonakamura 9 days ago 2
9 days ago

usually, group names are something that labels will trademark because they come up with the name and because that stops other groups from using the same name. It's not uncommon.
But doing it AFTER they've chosen to leave the company is just douchebag stuff

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airboy 9 days ago 1
9 days ago

It's very strange the company did not do it when they contracted the girls.... I'mean, I thought that was something every company did. I mean... YG must have trademarked 2NE1? would be suprised if not.....

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FriedChickenLove 12 days ago 1
12 days ago

Take the L MBK, you should be use to it by now.

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jennferlundi324 (Banned) 12 days ago 0
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Rbhpop 12 days ago 1
12 days ago

YES YES YES YES!!!!! T-ARA IS COMING BACK!!!


FU MBK!!!!

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T_ara_Sone_Blink 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

I for two.....CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

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krell 12 days ago 8
12 days ago

MBK Agency likely still owns the copyrights to the T-ARA 'hit songs.' So, T-ARA Group would likely need to pay a FEE to MBK Agency to be able to perform those songs in LIVE performance. But, T-ARA Group can release NEW SONGS and use the T-ARA Group brand name to promote them. And NO FEE to MBK Agency in a 'New T-ARA Song' MV release situation.

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Winston 12 days ago 2
12 days ago

its the same for songs by BEAST. but i think if the court can reject the trademark application for T-ara, then why is Cube not letting Highlight use the name BEAST. maybe because they insist that they still have a "BEAST member" and is going to keep the group name for that member to continue using it to deny the other members from using the name.

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krell 12 days ago 0
12 days ago
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HanumPravitasari 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

because cube trademark applications for beast from the beginning, from beast still rookie

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airboy 9 days ago 4
9 days ago

I have been wondering abou that, is it MBK or the orginal songwriters that own the songs?

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jokbal_is_yum 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

As a result, the members of T-ara will be able to freely use their name without MBK Entertainment's interference.


JUSTICE!

At LAST.

^____^

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whatever101 12 days ago 0
12 days ago


im sorry but this is killing me


after YEARS of injustice on their artists it seriously so satisfying to see KKS *cough* i mean MBK get their just desserts and with T-ARA aka their no.1 CASH COW of all groups LMAO


I know T-ara isn't the same as say HIGHLIGHT in their determination to stay united and keep promoting together but its nice that they have the complete freedom to return and keep their name.

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Hikari_ELF 12 days ago 7
12 days ago

But how come Beast couldn't keep their group name?

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missyjojo88 12 days ago 3
12 days ago

As I recalled, one Beast member stayed with the company so the company had the right to Beast as a result. If he also left with the others, they could have had a chance.

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bizarresone101 12 days ago 2
12 days ago

Beast cannot be used because Cube owns the trademark for it.

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EskiePt 12 days ago 1
12 days ago
YES! I am happy for them.

T-ARA was actually my first accidental contact with k-pop when someone shared 'Bo Peep Bo Peep' with me one day, then sending me down a spiral into k-pop, off which I have not been able to get off from since..

Hope they can have another comeback, even if not all remain.




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T_ara_Sone_Blink 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

I first heard GG....but what really made me into a Kpop nut case....was T-ara....Cry Cry Cry...and than I got steam rollered by the rest of their gems!

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Mkm 12 days ago 3
12 days ago

what will mbk gain if they get the trademark and kept it to themselves?! what will they gain if they don't let t-ara keep their name! what do they want to do keeping it under their company, soo selfish!

the same goes to cube not letting beast use their name! hate selfish agencies like them! hope mbk fail :)

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ychofficial 12 days ago 2
12 days ago

What will MBK gain? If all of this worked and T-ara members performed under the name of T-ara outside MBK, they'd have to pay MBK.

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Mkm 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

no but if mbk give up the rights and gave tara the name?

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its_queenbee 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

I guess not! It was clearly stated that KIPRIS denied the trademark application of MBK for T-ARA. And that T-ara girls can use the group name T-ara, freely. MBK, can only receive intellectual rights if T-ara use the old songs which MBK produced. But, if ever they create a new songs, MBK will not receive anything.

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ANDNLCHR1990 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Yaaaasss...good news..tho T-ara's activity as a group might be very rare, I will still cheer on any golden era group...hope the girls can plan and have boram & soyeon join their 10 year anniversary...

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ruben 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

finally a good news for the girls!

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myma 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

There is some justice in the world.


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OTW2FYB 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

MBK taking Ls to the face. LOL




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taichou_san 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

finally justice for these girls after mbk did them dirty for years....seeing how mbk desperately trying to take all what the girls worked hard for years kinda show how lame mbk is...hope t-ara comeback soon tho...

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quinnnzel 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Because in korean alphabeth T-ara is written as 티아라 (Tiara), which usually a person name, they can't get the trademark also or people with the name Tiara will have to pay fine? /okay, i dont know if i being serious or a joke/


Good luck QUEEN!!!

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kageybruin 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

It would be wonderful, although probably unlikely, if this would lead to a Revival of the group. They were far and away, together with fx, my favorite group. The best combination of singing, dancing, good looks, broadly eclectic songs and Incredibly well produced music videos.

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MaeilKpop 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

This would be great news if T-ARA was planning a comeback, but is that going to happen? I miss Soyeon. 😔

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rickkelly 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

T-ara, be generous winners and let MBK keep "Bunny Style".

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kpoppower 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Best new`s EVER!!! in your face MBK

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Esther_Pop 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

So worried for DIA and my fav kpop bias Yebin now...

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intothedark986 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

i registered just to upvote this. bout dang time.

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pink_oracle 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

They did T-ara dirty in so many ways it wouldn't have been right for MBK to be able to claim the name and success as their own.

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Mr_SoneForever 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

They are free at last! MBK has antagonized them for long enough

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nicho21 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS suck it MBK

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Kourtmehh 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

i don't get it?

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HanumPravitasari 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

because cube trademark applications for beast from the beginning, from beast still rookie, different with T-ARA, mbk trademark applications after T-ARA popular

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HanumPravitasari 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

T-ara legend, mbk entertainment you are so bad to our girls please support T-ARA. T-ARA COMEBACK 2019 🤗

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hiroonakamura 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

awesome

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instagram2018 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

i pray that other groups that ave trash companies are able to do this as well

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ExoWeAreOneOT12 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

yahoooo , finally artist win against company for name copy right , live T-ara now hope the girls stay togather and promote under different label .

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just_a_fanboy 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

And now we wait for comeback.

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Philip_Jacobsson 11 days ago 4
11 days ago

Great. Now, SNSD members, please, do the same and bring back Jessica!

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Blue1 11 days ago 1
11 days ago

SNSD members are the ones who kicked Jessica you know...

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Philip_Jacobsson 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

Well, if that's how it was, then an even bigger reason for that they should let her come back again.

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HanumPravitasari 9 days ago 1
9 days ago

Sm trademark applications for snsd for long time ago

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Philip_Jacobsson 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

Really?! Well, in that case they should do a Beast/Highlight. And btw, even if the SNSD members did kick Jessica out, they are all apparently now conversing with each other. As told most recently by a former SNSD stylist. So it's therefor possible they would all love to perform with 9 members again.

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csome2 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

That will be awesome for them I cannot wait for there come

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CheapKing 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Yosh! I really wish the girls will make a comeback and receive result of their hardwork they deserve it!

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Lord_Blitz 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Fuck KKS and MBK!! T-ARA please come back!! We miss you Angels.......

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pinupgirl158 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Yaaaas

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T_ara_Sone_Blink 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

I'm with you! No one should own them.....The ladies are in their 30's....and I really really love and miss their singing!!! The great ones!!!!

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Kosmo_Lap 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Weird law.

It's like telling Apple they cannot trademark iPhone since Steve Jobs died.

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NoahL 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

hahahahahaahhahaahahah

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aldebaran 12 days ago 6
12 days ago

Im always against the agencies when they go after the idols, but in this case i think MBK should have the trademark of the name "t-ara" (and all it applications), is their creation (as well as the design, look and production). Is like if you work for mcdonlads for 6 years and when you leave, you want to have the name "mcdonalds" because you worked for them and now want it for your new burguer restaurant that you are planning to open next.

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Raven_17 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

I really can't compare this things, but in this case, you are not the employer of mcdonalds, you are the fucking burger. T-ara members are T-ara.

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chillaxin 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

Not the same. These specific ladies are T-ara. They all left the company and the very things you’ve pointed out are associated with these ladies, not the company. Company should have tried registering those things while the ladies were still with them and early on after they debuted. You didn’t want to register it until after it all became solely associated with these particular ladies, they made it a success and then only after they parted ways with you. Comes across as the jealous ex whose mad you got a new boyfriend rather than as a sound business decision

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myma 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

So, technically, perhaps, maybe, yes. But in US trademark law there are a few arguments that could also not allow the registration, if you get a challenging reviewer or a good lawyer to counter-argue the application. One is that the trademark has not been "in use" since the group disbanded. Also, that the applicant's attempt to register was not bona fide "in good faith". There could also be an argument about "consumer confusion". Another thing to note is that the girls don't automatically own the trademark now, just that MBK doesn't. Employers in the US have clauses in company HR handbooks that would prevent or allow facile "cease and desist" letters/lawsuits in your McD's analogy.

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