The singer Meat Loaf is suing his former songwriting partner Jim Steinman for trying to claim the rights to the phrase “Bat Out of Hell,” the title to his hit album series, according to his attorney.
The suit was filed Monday in Federal Court in Los Angeles and charges that Steinman unfairly filedÂ for a patent for the phrase in 1995, even though the singer had used it extensively since theÂ first “Bat Out of Hell” album was released in 1977. The announcement of the suit comes just asÂ the singer is preparing to release his third album of the series “Bat Out of Hell III: The MonsterÂ is Loose.”
Meat LoafÂs attorney claims that the law protects the user of the mark and the only user is MeatÂ Loaf. Steinman maintains that the trademark in America is owned by him, claiming he came up withÂ the phrase, wrote the song sung by Meat Loaf that included it and came up with the idea of theÂ trilogy.
The first two “Bat Out of Hell” albums, which were released in 1977 and 1993 respectively, postedÂ combined sales of 52 million albums worldwide.