Tue 2 Jul 2013
The trademark war between will.i.am and Pharrell Williams takes another twist. After being sued last week by The Black Eyed Peas frontman over the use of “I Am” in his i am OTHER brand, The Neptunes hitmaker has filed his own lawsuit in a Manhattan, New York federal court against will.i.am’s claim.
Seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, TMZ has obtained the court files in which Pharrell cleverly quotes Dr. Seuss’ critically acclaimed children’s book “Green Eggs & Ham” to display how both are using “I Am” differently. He’s resquesting for written permission to continue using the “I Am Other” name for his brand which launched in 2012.
Read what Pharrell had to say below….
Pharrell says Will is using the “I Am” is a Seussian way — as a playfull riff on his own name — and to hammer home his point, he quotes from Green Eggs and Ham:
“Sam I am
I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am”
Pharrell continues in his suit, “In contrast, the I Am Other mark means ‘I am something else,’ leaving what that ‘else’ is to the imagination of the consumer. It certainly does not mean ‘I am Will.’”