T-ara’s Hyomin spoke about the trademark issue between the group and their former agency MBK Entertainment.

On September 12, Hyomin held a showcase at the Ilchi Art Hall in Seoul for her solo digital single “Mango.”

Hyomin said, “T-ara members cheered for me. I think they’ll be here for the 8 p.m. showcase. My members were the first ones to support me.”

In August, MBK Entertainment submitted an application to the Korean Intellectual Property Office to trademark T-ara’s name and was rejected. The agency said that it was planning to submit another application to plead its case. If the application were to be approved, the group wouldn’t be able to promote under the name T-ara for 10 years and would have to pay royalties to the agency.

When asked about this at her showcase, Hyomin replied, “The name ‘T-ara’ is not only ours or anyone else’s, and it was decided that it belonged to everyone. We thought that too because we thought that we, the fans, and the agency who created us all had rights to it.”

She continued, “Regarding the issue, we resolved the misunderstanding with our former agency. We really want to show us promoting together. I always have hope for team promotions. We’re planning to work out our opinions and find a way for us to be together.”

Hyomin released her digital single and title track “Mango” on September 12. Check out the MV here!

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