Source Music's appeal for GFRIEND's first Trademark as rejected by Korea Intellectual Property Rights

But because they're so f*cking low, instead of GFRIEND, they tried to apply G-FRIEND instead

And right now, Source Music is using GFRIEND's trademark without permission

Reason for rejection 1: The trademark 'G-Friend' is identical to the English name for the 6-member South Korean girl group GFRIEND and cannot be trademarked.

Reason for rejection 2: The trademark 'GFRIEND' is directly affiliated with the 6-member South Korean girl group GFRIEND (Korean: 여자친구), a group noticeably identifiable by general consumers, and thus the use of this trademark by the applicant for product use can cause misconception, raising the potential for deception of consumers."


The reason they rejected: Registration is impossible because there are concerns about the demand itself in relation to GFRIEND, a six-member female singer group that is recognized by general consumers.

As a result, Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, Sinb, and Umji can freely use the name of Girlfriend, and they will be able to form a 6-member group again without the consent of Source Music.
They're also able to promote as a girl group.

Source Music's appeal for GFRIEND was rejected
Source Music's appear for G-FRIEND was rejected

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original post: here

1. To summarize, Source Music applied for Gfriend's trademaark, but Korea Intellectual Property Association rejected so [the members] able to keep using Gfriend just like T-ara

2. [+177, -0]
I'm waiting for Gfriend to reunite

3. [+170, -0]
I'm another group's fan but I'm waiting for Gfriend's reunion more than anyone else. It's not too late, I hope they can come back 

4. [+67, -0]
Source Music tried pathetically to apply for GFRIEND 17 times..ㅋㅋㅋ There are still 9 applications left but to get the final one rejected, it may take 6 months to a year. Anyways, this is a good situation to be in and they're progressing in the right direction. I hope everything works out in the end!

5. [+57, -0]
G-friend is just funny f*ckㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I'll be a bu-ddy in the future
"They rejected GFRIEND and even G-friends, congrats"

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