FILE - In this June 22, 2013 photo, singer Pharrell Williams arrives 

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)
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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)
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