Former Journey Singer Steve Perry Sues Members Of The Band Over Song Trademarks

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Steve Perry has filed a petition against his former Journey bandmates Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon. The singer is seeking to cancel various trademark registrations that were filed by the duo.

The motion claims that Cain and Schon filed trademarks for 20 songs through Freedom JN LLC in 2020. The tracks, which included “Separate Ways,” “Open Arms,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “When You Love a Woman,” and more, were allegedly trademarked so they could use them for pieces of merch such as hats, shirts, jackets, etc.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the registrations between February and May. However, Perry claims this violates a previous agreement that says all decisions need “prior, written unanimous consent of all partners in each instance.” That stipulation includes songs written by Perry and songs written by the group as a whole.

The petition accuses Cain and Schon of using “false or misleading information” to gain the trademarks.

UPDATE: Schon has since responded:

“What a bunch of total crap.
Here’s how it goes friends.

Jon Cain calls a board of directors meeting out of nowhere then before I found out about the meeting Jonathan came to me and said he didn’t like what they ( Ross Smith Perry and Herbie ) were planning.

On that meeting Steve Ross Smith and Herbie voted myself and Cain off the board of directors and Steve and all voted Ross in my place and Smith in Jons.

They all knew at this time I’d been investigating our Trade marks for years trying to get to the bottom of all corruption as we found ( my wife and I ) that nothing had ever been Trade Marked besides our music.

They all went for a take over and it didn’t work. Quite simple.

So my Wife Micheale Schon found a legitimate Trade Mark attorney that wasn’t in the corrupt musical circles and we were then successful in attaining it to Protect everything we built. We had been getting ripped off since the beginning until I shut it down.

So the question is Why did Nobody else’s ( attorneys Steve’s – who was actually ours at one time also and individual band attorneys and accountants) and other so called trade mark attorneys help us do this ?

It was a giant corrupted ring of people that either Managnent or accountants hired to work for us cashing in on all our merchandise till now.

At this point I decided to go for All album titles as well as song titles. The more we got educated on how Song Writing and Copy rights have NOTHING to do with Trade Marks.

You haven’t heard the last of this friends. We are going to peel back the onion.

Neal Schon Journey Lead Guitarist – Founder – Manager”

This news comes after Schon previously made headlines in July after saying that him and Perry have been “talking and getting to know each other again.”

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