G-Dragon, the iconic leader of BIGBANG, has successfully reclaimed the rights to his stage name from YG Entertainment. This victory marks a significant moment in his career, underscoring his autonomy and control over his personal brand after YG Entertainment had held the ‘G-DRAGON’ trademark for over two decades.

G-Dragon Successfully Reclaims ‘G-DRAGON’ Trademark

Official documents confirm that G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, secured the trademark for his name on May 17. Just a few days later, on May 21, the trademark was transferred to Galaxy Corporation, his current agency. The transfer signifies a new chapter for G-Dragon, granting him full rights over his stage name and allowing him greater freedom in his professional endeavors.

The history of the “G-Dragon” trademark dates back to 2003 when YG Entertainment first secured the rights. G-Dragon had chosen his stage name in 2001, two years before the trademark was officially registered. Over the years, the name “G-Dragon” has become synonymous with K-pop excellence, influencing countless fans and artists worldwide.

The Silent Battle for the Trademark

Last year, YG Entertainment attempted to renew the ‘G-Dragon’ trademark. The initial trademark, registered in February 2003, had a validity of ten years. In 2013, it was extended for another decade, securing its rights until September 13, 2023. The renewal came at a critical juncture as G-Dragon was negotiating new professional arrangements, suggesting potential restrictions on his use of the stage name should he choose to leave YG Entertainment.

The renewal of the trademark by YG Entertainment implied that the company intended to retain ownership of the “G-Dragon” name, potentially limiting G-Dragon’s ability to use the name freely if he parted ways with YG. The situation posed significant implications for his career, as the stage name “G-Dragon” is not only a part of his identity but also a powerful brand in the music industry.

However, G-Dragon’s successful reclamation of his name from YG Entertainment is a testament to his determination and business acumen. By transferring the trademark to Galaxy Corporation, he has ensured that his brand remains under his control, allowing him to continue his artistic journey without legal or administrative hindrances related to his stage name.

This victory is celebrated by fans and industry observers alike, as it underscores the importance of artists retaining control over their identities and creative outputs. G-Dragon’s case highlights broader issues within the entertainment industry regarding intellectual property and artists’ rights. As he moves forward with Galaxy Corporation, fans also eagerly anticipate the new projects and music that G-Dragon will bring to the world, now fully empowered by the rights to his iconic name.