Pharrell Williams has filed a lawsuit against will.i.am, asking the court to rule that he has not violated any trademarks owned by the Black Eyed Peas front man. According to the lawsuit, will.i.am has sent letters to Pharrell, asking him to stop using the phrase “I AM” on his websites.
The issues began because Pharrell owns a company named I Am Other, with the website iamother.com. However, will.i.am’s trademark includes periods between the ‘I’ and the ‘Am,’ which is cited in the lawsuit.
In previous interviews, will.i.am said he would not be suing Pharrell, but his lawyer Ken Hertz said the musician did what he had to do.
“[Will.i.am] has done what any trademark owner must do to protect and maintain a trademark,” Hertz said. “We hope to work out a sensible compromise that will allow both parties to move forward without unnecessary acrimony.”