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Pennsylvania wedding band Jellyroll is suing country artist Jelly Roll over trademarked name

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A wedding ring from Pennsylvania is being taken country artist Jelly Roll in court – claiming that they had already used the name Jellyroll years earlier The CMT Award winner’s career took off.

The band Jellyroll is based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. And though they’ve been performing since the 1980s, the band says they’ve been hurt by the rise of “Save Me” and “Son of a Sinner” singer Jelly Roll, a former rapper turned country singer who went on to find success in music . in and out of prison in his youth.

Jellyroll has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia, alleging infringement of their trademark, damage to their brand and “unfair competition”, among other things.

Note: Jellyroll (one word) is the Pennsylvania band, while Jelly Roll (two words) is the country artist.

Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason Bradley DeFord, won Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Performance of the Year at the CMT Awards 2024. He also performed at the event.

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When he accepted the award for Male Video of the Year, he addressed people in juvenile detention and drew on his past struggles with the law in Tennessee, including arrests for drug possession and theft.

“I just want them to know that you can really overcome this. This is just a moment in your life and who you were is not who you are, and that you can change at any time because of the changes that lie ahead for everyone lie.” from us,” said Jelly Roll. “I really believe I embody it as best I can.”

Official biographies of Jelly Roll show that he was born in 1984 in Antioch, Tennessee.

The band Jellyroll, whose website calls them the “best wedding band in Philadelphia,” claims that their ability to appear in Google search results has also been hurt by Jelly Roll’s rising popularity. And this despite the fact that the band ‘achieved such fame long before the defendant[‘s] adoption and use of Jelly Roll, in fact even before the suspect was born.”

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“Prior to Defendant’s recent fame, a search for the name Jellyroll on most search engines, particularly Google, would yield references to Plaintiff. Now, such a Google search yields multiple references to Defendant, perhaps as many as 18 -20 references before any reference to Plaintiff’s entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll® can be found,” the complaint states.

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Jelly Roll accepts the award for Video of the Year on stage at the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

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The band also claims there is unfair competition with the country artist – especially when he started promoting his Beautifully Broken Tour coming to Philadelphia on October 2, 2024. The lawsuit says that marketing for the country artist, especially in the Northeastern U.S., “has not only already created, but will continue to create, a likelihood of confusion.”

Jellyroll the band also has trademarked records.

According to the lawsuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Jellyroll received a trademark registration on August 17, 2010, and was accepted for renewal in December 2019 — meaning it will remain active until at least 2029 (or later if approved for renewal).

Documents about the trademark are available on the USPTO website and confirm that it is active and was renewed in 2019 – with a first use in 1980.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kurt Titchenell, the trademark holder and longtime leader of Jellyroll.

Jellyroll is a band “that provides live musical and vocal entertainment consisting of at least seven to eight musicians with a brass section, a string section including violins, keyboards, a percussion section and at least three vocalists.”

Jellyroll says they have also performed twice at the White House for President George W. Bush, including once at a private reception in 2008.

CBS Philadelphia reached out to an attorney for Jelly Roll, the country artist, who did not immediately return a request for comment.

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