Steve Perry Drops Trademark Claim
According to reports, Steve Perry discontinued his legal action against one of the band’s corporations for trademarking 20 songs.
The letter was presented by guitarist Neal Schon which stated that according to the Patent and Trademark Office, “Petitioner, without the written consent of Respondent, filed a withdrawal of the petition for cancellation on January 4, 2023. … In view thereof… the petition for cancellation is denied with prejudice.” And by that, the phrase “with prejudice” means Perry can no longer relaunch the petition.
Schon signaled it was a moment to celebrate, tweeting: “Now we can talk as we were,” suggesting the legal move marked a thawing of relations between himself and Perry. However, he still criticized his bandmate, Jonathan Cain, referring to claims the keyboardist recently made about the dispute over a company credit card. He added:
“So much for [Cain] trying to throw me under the bus as he claimed I was blatantly trying to rip off [Perry] while collecting the checks for the very diligent work my wife and I did to protect our Merch. Time for coffee.”
Clearly, the two musicians seem to be far away from resolving their legal issues, less than three weeks before Journey goes back on the road for their 2023 tour. In the Twitter thread featuring Schon’s comments, one fan observed:
“Being a Journey fan these days is what it must be like for a kid watching his parents fight and being stuck in the middle but still loving both.”
When asked how he could face performing alongside Cain, Schon replied:
“We’ve written great music. Gregg Rolie will be there also. Channel the great music. Honor it.”