Trademark News & Screw-ups MBK Entertainment's trademark application for the group name T-ara gets refused

It makes sense that "trademark that consists of the name, title, portrait, signature, seal/stamp, literary name, pen name, stage name, of a prominent person cannot be registered" without a consent from that person, or, as in this case, without a consent of the group members. The question is, how current must the consent be? What if there is consent at the time the application is filed but the consent is no longer there by the time the application is examined? What if the consent is no longer there after the trademark is registered? Where do you draw the line?

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