Well, on Monday Pharrell filed a lawsuit asking that the courts rule he has not violated any trademark owned by fellow musician will.i.am.
According to Pharrell, will.i.am has previously sent him letters asking that he cease and desist using “I Am” on his website Iammother.com
In the suit, filed in federal court in NY and obtained by TMZ, Pharrell argues that they are each using “I Am” in completely different ways.
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”
He claims that will.i.am’s trademark for “I Am” is for his clothing line and called it “relatively weak” because of similar trademarks that exist.
In his suit, Pharrell says, “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.’”
Pharrell is asking a judge for written permission to continue using the “I Am Other” mark.
So far, no comment from Will’s camp.