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.