Pharrell Williams Responds To Will.I.Am’s Ridiculous Trademark Infringement Claims With A Countersuit
Last week we told you about the absurd trademark infringement suit filed against super talented producer Pharrell Williams by fellow artist and producer Will.I.Am, who claims that Williams’ new creative brand, “i Am Other” is infringing upon his copyrighted phrase “I Am.” As previously reported, Pharrell’s i Am Other brand is popularly known for its YouTube channel, which houses Issa Rae’s beloved Awkward Black Girl series. Shocked by the suit, Pharrell revealed that he tried to talk things out and smooth things over with Will, but he wasn’t trying to hear it.
“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,” Williams expressed.
“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,” he continued.
Well, now that the gloves are off and Will has involved the courts, it looks like Pharrell is done playing Mr. Nice Guy as well. According to the Huffington Post, the 40-year-old Virginia Beach native filed a counterclaim against Will yesterday with the Manhattan federal court. Court papers reveal that Pharrell is seeking a declaratory judgement of non-infringement. So far, reps on behalf of Will.I.Am have declined to comment.
The suit seems very silly and petty on Will.I.Am’s part. It’s also pretty ironic considering that just three months ago he was making headlines for allegedly stealing an entire song from house music producers Mat Zo and Arty.