“Kim”, who led the H.O.T. has occupied and produced no longer has trademark rights for the name and logo of the group.
On June 25, the court ruled in favor of Salt Innovation in its case against former SM Entertainment director “Kim” (Kim Kyung Wook). Salt Innovation is the production company behind the reunion concerts by H.O.T. In 2018, the company was forced to remove the group’s name and logo from the promotional materials because Kim was unable to reach agreement on the trademark rights.
Kim is known as a former SM entertainment director and producer of H.O.T. When he was responsible for SM Planning in 1996, he occupied the members of H.O.T. and came up with her group name (an acronym for High-Five Of Teenagers). He also founded SM Enterprise, which after H.O.T. Members had signed an exclusive contract.
On this basis, Kim claimed that he was the legal owner of H.O.T.’s trademark rights. Last month, Salt Innovation brought an action for annulment (an action to annul something) against Kim’s claims. The first study found that Kim received permission from H.O.T. Members were minors and had no legal representative to sign or seal the agreement. As a result, the court ruled that it could not be said that the members had signed their rights.
Aside from this case, Kim also sued Salt Innovation and H.O.T. Member Jang Woo Hyuk for violation of his trademark rights in December 2018. In September 2019, the prosecutor decided that they had not violated trademark and copyright laws. Kim withdrew the suit in January 2020.
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