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T-ara protects name from ex-agency

By Yim Hyun-su

  • Published : Aug 9, 2018 - 17:07
  • Updated : Aug 9, 2018 - 17:07

T-ara’s former agency MBK Entertainment has failed to patent the group’s name, according to news reports.

Several media outlets reported Wednesday that a request filed by MBK Entertainment via mail to secure the exclusive right to the name “T-ara” had been denied by the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

Citing the country’s trademark act, KIPO reportedly rejected the request as “T-ara” is a name for an already well-known group.

The move means the four-piece band, which parted ways with MBK Entertainment, can continue to use the band’s name without having to pay commissions.

No member of the group renewed their contracts with MBK Entertainment after their contracts ended last May.

Following the news, the agency said it would gather more evidence and apply for the patent on the group’s name again.

By Yim Hyun-su (hyunsu@heraldcorp.com)