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Brotherly love seems to be no more in the Isley family as Rudolph Isley has issued proceedings against his brother and former bandmate Ronald Isley over the “Isley Brothers” trade mark. The Isley Brothers were an American family musical group based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band originally began as a trio back in the 1950’s. The court action has stemmed from the approval, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office back in August, for Ronald Isley to be the sole owner of the mark. The group originally consisted of three brothers and following the death of O’Kelly Isley in 1986, Rudolph & Ronald Isley agreed to split ownership of the band and trade mark in equal 50/50 shares. However, Rudolph Isley claims Ronald Isley has, within the past year, offered goods and services in connection with the brand and trade mark and has failed to make an account of this to Rudolph. A representative acting for Ronald claims that as Rudolph retired in 1986 and has had no involvement in the brand since then, Rudolph does not qualify for partial ownership of the brand name. It is to be seen if these brothers will come to an agreement, or if the battle of the brothers will be heard before a jury. If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. in: Case Law, EU/International, Legal News, News, Trade Marks

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