In an interview with a media outlet last week, the legal representative of the claimant (herein referred to as Mr. Kim) Jang Ji-won explained the reason for the lawsuit. According to Jang, Mr. Kim hold the rights to H.O.T.’s brand and logo. As such, it is within his rights to file a claim against the group should they use them without his consent.
Reportedly, Mr. Kim was part of the H.O.T. management when it was under SM Entertainment. He is also the current trademark holder of H.O.T. Notably, Mr. Kim hinted at filing a lawsuit against the group prior to their reunion concert earlier this year.
He has filed a petition with the Seoul District Court against the group and the concert organizer Salt Innovation to have them desist from using the H.O.T’s brand name and logo in future performances. Moreover, he also filed a criminal complaint with the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office to seek punishment for the illegal use of the trademarks.
In particular, the claimant is paying special attention to H.O.T member Jang Woo-hyuk and Salt Innovation. Jang Woo-hyuk was the only member to participate in planning the concert as well as contacting Mr. Kim to talk about the trademarks. It is suspected that the singer “actively colluded” with Salt Innovations to use the brand name and logo illegally.
source: KPopLove via Korea Daily