The Hollywood Reporter , The legal battle between Pharrell WIlliams and will.i.am over "I Am Other" is over. The two sides have reached a settlement. The fight started at the U.S. Trademark Office where Williams' company attempted to register "I Am Other."
That brought an objection
from the Black Eyed Peas frontman and his own I.Am.Symbolic company. Last July, Williams filed a lawsuit
in New York federal court seeking a declaratory judgment of trademark
noninfringement. With trademarks serving the purpose of protecting
against confusion, the plaintiff looked primed to make the argument that
the mark in question expressly disclaimed an association between the
pop stars. According to the lawsuit, "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' or in any way suggest Defendants
or the WILL.I.AM mark." Williams also made an argument that will.i.am's hold over "I Am"
trademarks on clothing goods and other accessories was weak. The
plaintiff pointed to rejections by a trademark examiner, Dr. Seuss' use of the words "Sam I am" from the book Green Eggs and Ham, and at least 146 artists (I Am Virgin, I Am Ghost, I Am Band …) using derivations of "I Am" as their band moniker. The lawsuit then brought an interesting counterclaim from will.i.am, who attempted to use Pharrell Williams' involvement in a lawsuit over Robin Thicke's
"Blurred Lines," along with Williams' co-founding of a record label
called Star Trak Entertainment, as evidence of disrespect for
intellectual property. But there won't be any consumer surveys about which artist is most
closely associated with "I Am Other" nor any jury trial, after the
parties informed a judge that they had reached an agreement in
principle. The two sides are now drafting the settlement agreement.
Terms aren't known, as the lawyers couldn't immediately be reached for
comment. Last year, Williams said he thought the situation was "ridiculous" and said he was a guy "who likes to talk things out." Appears he has.
Sidebar: Good! Ain't nobody got time for that. Now let's her a collabo form these two.