Rudolph Isley sues Ronald for trademarking the ‘Isley Brothers’
Rudolph Isley not here for Ronald Isley are the sole heirs of their musical heritage. The older brother accused his younger brother, both of whom were original members of their influential band, of being brand their name ‘The Isley Brothers’ and keep the profits to themselves.
According to a lawsuit obtained via TMZ, Rudolph is suing over trademark rights. Rudolph claims each has had 50% ownership of the band since O’Kelly’s brother’s death in 1986.
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The Isley brothers begin like a four gospel in the 1950s with brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald and Vernon. After Vernon was killed while riding a bicycle, the band became a trio and moved to New York in 1957. Their first collaboration song was the iconic song. Scream!. In 1973, the band had three more members, younger brothers Ernie and Marvin Isley and brother-in-law Chris Jasper.
Ronald Isley filed to trademark Band Name in November 2021
Search by the US Patent and Trademark Office confirmation site direct trademark and Ronald is its owner. Ronald received the exclusive rights to the ‘Isley Brothers’ for “visual recordings and visual recordings with music and animation.”
The filing date is November 2, 2021. The USPTO published the trademark in protest on May 31, 2022, with a registration date of August 16, 2022.
According to Rudolph’s court documents, the brothers had previously split profits on transactions related to the band, including a multimillion-dollar publishing deal. This time, however, Ronald was fraudulent, according to Rudolph.
Rudolph is seeking two rulings from the judge. First, he wants the judge to order Ronald’s financial accounting to determine the income received since the official change in August. He’s looking to get 50% of that hard-earned money back, if any.
Second, Rudolph wanted the judge to expand ownership of the trademark ‘The Isley Brothers’ to include him.
Ronald has not commented publicly on the lawsuit, but he and his brother Ernie are currently on a national tour. seems to be over in August.