Pharrell Williams sues over “i am”

Hit-maker Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his “I am OTHER” company is not infringing on’s “I AM” trademark.

Williams filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. He’s seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement.

The two artists have been in dispute for several months over the issue.

The Black Eyed Peas member has owned the “I AM” trademark since 2001. He filed objections in March and May against Pharrell Williams’ company, i am OTHER, that launched in 2010. He uses “I AM” for his businesses, including his charity foundation I AM ANGEL.

Williams’ i am OTHER produces the hit Web series “Awkward Black Girl” and other Web series.

The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 31 million album copies, according to’s website.


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