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will.i.am is taking back previous claims that he is suing Pharrell Williams‘ “i am OTHER” brand. A lawyer for the Black-Eyed Peas singer insists that there is “misinformation” surrounding the alleged lawsuit in which he said Pharrell’s i am OTHER is “confusingly similar” to will.i.am’s trademarked phrase “I AM.”

In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, will.i.am’s attorney Ken Hertz says will.i.am. isn’t suing Pharrell. Instead it’s a “run-of-the-mill trademark procedure in order to “defend trademarks that have been registered and that [will.i.am] has used widely and continuously for many years.”

And will.i.am also tweeted out a series of messages stating that “i.am not suing @Pharrell & I NEVER WAS.”

Pharrell’s attorney, Brad Rose, has his own statement which asserts that will.i.am has “obstructed every overture made by Pharrell to amicably resolve this matter and has steadfastly refused to engage in a dialogue.”

Rose continued: “Will and his trademark counsel have instituted no less than eight cases against Pharrell in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and have also threatened on more than one occasion to sue Pharrell for trademark infringement in Federal District Court for damages and an injunction. All of this because Will misguidedly believes that he has the sole right to the words I AM in commerce, notwithstanding the myriad of I Am compound trademarks that coexist on the trademark register and in the marketplace.”

Earlier this week, it was reported that will.i.am. filed a lawsuit against Pharell claiming that Pharrell’s new brand “i am OTHER” is “confusingly similar” to will.i.am’s copyrighted phrase “I AM.”

“I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” Pharrell said in a press statement. “I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. 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.”

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