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Will.i.am says Pharrell's trademark is too similar

FILE - In this May 19, 2013 photo, Will.i.am arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Will.i.am says his “I AM” trademark is too similar to one Pharrell’s company tried to register. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this May 19, 2013 photo, Will.i.am arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Will.i.am says his “I AM” trademark is too similar to one Pharrell’s company tried to register. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Will.i.am says a trademark Pharrell's company tried to register is too similar to his "I AM" trademark.

Will.i.am has owned the "I AM" trademark since 2001. He filed oppositions in March and May against Pharrell's company, i am OTHER. It launched in 2010.

In a statement Thursday, will.i.am's attorney Ken Hertz says trademark lawyers for will.i.am and Pharrell "discussed the matter for several months." He says because of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's deadlines, will.i.am "had no choice but to lodge his objection at the time he did."

FILE - In this June 22, 2013 photo, singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the American premiere of "Despicable Me 2" in Universal City, Calif. Will.i.am says his “I AM” trademark is too similar to one Pharrell’s company tried to register. In a statement Thursday, June 27, will.i.am’s attorney Ken Hertz says trademark lawyers for will.i.am and Pharrell “discussed the matter for several months.” He says because of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s deadlines, will.i.am “had no choice but to lodge his objection at the time he did.” (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, file)FILE - In this June 22, 2013 photo, singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the American premiere of "Despicable Me 2" in Universal City, Calif. Will.i.am says his “I AM” trademark is too similar to one Pharrell’s company tried to register. In a statement Thursday, June 27, will.i.am’s attorney Ken Hertz says trademark lawyers for will.i.am and Pharrell “discussed the matter for several months.” He says because of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s deadlines, will.i.am “had no choice but to lodge his objection at the time he did.” (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, file)

Hertz says the lawyers for the musicians first spoke in December.

Pharrell says in a statement he's "disappointed" and "surprised" by will.i.am's opposition.

Will.i.am uses "I AM" for a number of his businesses, including his charity foundation I AM ANGEL.