A lawyer for Will.i.am denies that he is suing Pharrell Williams over copyright claims associated with Will.i.am's "i am" brand.
Will's attorney said in as statement that there has been a large amount of "misinformation" around the issue, according to Rolling Stone. He went on to say that his client isn't suing Pharrell but has instead set into action a "run-of-the-mill trademark procedure" so he can "defend trademarks that have been registered and that [Will.i.am] has used widely and continuously for many years."
Will's concern, as explained in the lawsuit's document, comes from the phrase "i am," which he owns the copyright for. He says that Pharrell's "i am OTHER" brand closely resembles his and that "registration of the mark ... is likely to dilute the i am mark and the Will.i.am mark."
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Pharrell insists that he attempted to talk things out with Will, sharing he was greatly disappointed in Will's actions.
"I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. I am surprised in how this is being handled and I am confident that Will's trademark claims will ultimately be found to be as meritless and ridiculous as I do," he said.
Hertz does claim that Will's trademark lawyer did attempt to reach out to Pharrell about his registration of a mark similar to Will's "i am." The attorneys attempted to handle the matter but Will was ultimately forced to take the matter to court due to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's deadlines.
Pharrell's attorney Brad Rose released his own statement regarding the issue, highlighting several failed attempts to address the matter.
"The plain truth is that Will has obstructed every overture made by Pharrell to amicably resolve this matter and has steadfastly refused to engage in a dialogue," said Rose.
"Will and his trademark counsel have instituted no less than eight cases against Pharrell in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and have also threatened on more than one occasion to sue Pharrell for trademark infringement in Federal District Court for damages and an injunction."
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...