Not So Dope: Will.i.am Denies Suing Fellow Artist Pharrell Williams
Will.i.am's lawyer expressed anger that Pharrell Williams' brand was too close to his clients, though Will himself denies any lawsuit.
Will.i.am has been forced to deny that he is suing Pharrell Williams over a trademark dispute. Reports had suggested that court documents filed by the Black Eyed Peas star claimed he owned the trademark to 'I AM' and was suing Williams over his brand "I am OTHER" which he deemed to be "confusingly similar."
Will.I.Am Has Trademarked 'I AM'
Earlier, Pharrell - who's tasted success this year with Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines - said he was "disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case." However, the UK Voice coach has denied any such lawsuit, tweeting, "I am not suing @Pharrell & I never was." His lawyer Ken Hertz subsequently issued a statement to BBC's Newsbeat which read, "will.i.am is not suing Pharrell Williams. What will.i.am has done is what any trademark owner must do to protect and maintain a trademark. This is a run-of-the-mill trademark dispute that has been going on since late last year."
It continued, "In order to avoid weakening or losing his trademark, will.i.am has an obligation under trademark law to monitor and defend his trademarks against confusingly similar marks. will.i.am has registered several trademarks, including 'I AM', which is also emphasised in, and a significant element of, his professional name. We think their proposed trademark is too close to our registered and common law trademarks. They disagree."
Doesn't look like this one is over after all, does it?
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