Steve Perry sues Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain over travel songs

Steve Perry have filed a petition to cancel trademark registrations for 20 Trip songs submitted by former bandmates Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon.

The move involves some of the group’s best-known radio hits, including “Separate Ways,” “Open Arms,” ​​”Anyway You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “When You Love a Woman” and others. Perry’s petition says Cain and Schon filed to register the songs in 2020 through Freedom JN LLC for use on hats, T-shirts, athletic jackets and other accessories.

The US Patent and Trademark Office issued the registrations between February and May. Perry says they violate a previous agreement that stipulates decisions like these must be made with the “prior, unanimous written consent of all partners in each instance.”

These guidelines remain in place on songs where Perry is the sole credited songwriter (including “Hopelessly in Love”, “Stay Awhile” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” from the Archive) as well as on group compositions such as “Stone” in Love,” “Girl Can’t Help It” and “Send Her My Love.” Perry had no hand in writing “Wheel in the Sky,” which is also included in his petition. Songwriting credits for each track are broken down by percentage in the archive.

This latest legal dispute follows a huge rift involving former bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, which briefly led to competing lawsuits over control of the band. Kain and Schon have already sold their song ownership shares to Hipgnosis in June 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

Perry’s petition, conducted by Krane & Smith APC, also accuses Cain and Schon of using “false or misleading information” to secure the trademarks.

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