The pair had been in a trademark dispute over the phrase "I am other"
Pharrell Williams and will.i.am have settled their legal differences in a trademark dispute over the phrase “I am other”.
Last year, Williams tried to trademark the name of his company I Am Other. As Rolling Stone reports, The Black Eyed Peas frontman objected to the name and sought legal action against Williams on the grounds that people would confuse the company with his own venture I.Am.Symbolic.
Williams argued in his lawsuit that will.i.am’s mark was generic. “The I Am Other mark means ‘I am something else,’ leaving what that ‘else’ is to the imagination of the consumer,” documents read. “It certainly does not mean ‘I am Will’ or in any way suggest defendants’ or the will.i.am mark.”
He also said that will.i.am could not prove he owned the “I Am” trademark and cited 146 other artists who use the “I Am” prefix, including I Am Virgin, I Am Ghost and I Am Band.
will.i.am countered this argument by claiming that Williams has a history of not respecting intellectual property – as he is currently involved in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit with the estate of Marvin Gaye, and made the point that his record label is called Star Trak Entertainment.
The two pop stars, however, have now agreed to settle of court. Last year, Williams told Rolling Stone that he thought the whole case was “ridiculous”. “I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions,” he said.