It was found that Yecheon Brewery, a makgeolli manufacturer and sales company that had a conflict with trot singer Young-tak under the name of ‘Young-tak Makgeolli’, has applied to the Korean Intellectual Property Office not only for Young-tak but also for Lim Young-woong’s birthday.
According to a report by the Kookmin Ilbo on the 28th, Mo Kim and others related to Yecheon Brewery applied for the trademark ‘0513’ on October 19, last year, and also applied for the trademark ‘0616 Our Side (Ae)’ on November 2nd. It is still pending and has not been registered.
All of the above brands have a strong relationship with Young-tak and Lim Young-woong. May 13th is Young-tak’s birthday, and June 16th is Young-woong Lim’s birthday.
Also, ‘0616 by our side’ is a phrase mostly used by Lim Young-woong’s fans, and it is said that it contains the meaning of ‘thank you for coming to us’.
Kim, who is known to be in charge of the Andong Distributor of Yecheon Brewery, previously published a photo of the design and prototype of Andong Soju ‘0513’ on his personal social networking service (SNS), but deleted it after controversy.
“The trademark application has nothing to do with the headquarters of Yecheon Brewery,” he said. “I applied for a trademark when the relationship between Yecheon Brewery and Young Tak was smooth. Young-tak’s mother objected, so the production was not carried out.”
Also, regarding ‘0616 Our Side (Ae)’, he explained, “I only applied because I thought there might be business feasibility in the future.”
Jomo, CEO of Yecheon Brewery’s Seoul branch, also dismissed the incident through a media outlet saying, “It has nothing to do with the headquarters.”
Meanwhile, last year, Yecheon Brewery applied for the trademark ‘Young-tak’ on the 5th day after Young-tak sang ‘a cup of makgeolli’ on TV Chosun ‘Mr.
When the suspicion of stealing Young-tak’s name at the time began, Yecheon Brewery said, “From 2019 on, after making three names: Jin-tak, Yeong-tak, and Hoeryong-po, we decided to file a trademark application for ‘Young-tak’ on January 28, 2020.” He also took a stand.
After that, in April of the same year, they selected Young-tak as a model and sold ‘Young-tak Makgeolli’ and made a lot of profit, but they are fighting with Young-tak’s side as the contract renewal recently failed.
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