Towards the end of 2017, MBK Entertainment and T-ara were engaged in a trademark war over the ‘T-ara’ name. MBKE applied for the right in the categories of ‘entertainment’, ‘photography & film’, ‘cosmetics’, and ‘clothing’.T-ara were handed a victory when KIPRIS refused MBKE’s application in June of last year, but the fight wasn’t over yet as nothing was official.
Fortunately, towards the end of 2018 and at the beginning of 2019, it was revealed that MBKE’s applications in all four categories were officially rejected.
On October 22nd and November 8th of 2018, categories 03 and 25 were officially rejected respectively. On January 3rd of 2019, category 09 was officially rejected. Finally, on January 8th of 2019, category 41 was officially rejected as well. All applications were rejected on the same grounds, in accordance to Article 34 Section 1 Item 6 of the Trademark Act, that states a trademark that consists of the name, title, portrait, signature, seal/stamp, literary name, pen name, stage name, of a prominent person cannot be registered.