Now Reading Suing Pharrell For Using the Words ‘I Am,’ Of Course Suing Pharrell For Using the Words ‘I Am,’ Of Course

You’ve got to protect yours in this life. Will.i.Am doesn’t have a ton going for him these days, but he has apparently trademarked the phrase “I am,” which is a thing you can do. So when Pharrell—who actually has a lot going for him, of late—started a new creative brand called “i am OTHER,” Will.i.Am cried foul, by way of a lawsuit. The BBC says court documents called the two names “confusingly similar.” Pharrell released a statement and, well, makes a strong point:

I AM disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me. 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.

Update: tweeted he’s not suing Pharrell.

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