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Pink sues Pharrell for attempting to trademark ‘P.Inc’ brand name

Pink’s lawyers have sued Pharrell Williams over his trademark of the brand name “P.Inc.”, citing its similarity to her stage name.

Legal paperwork filed on behalf of the singer shows that she officially registered the trademark “PINK” in 2001, and they now believe that Pharrell’s attempt to use a similar mark could hurt her business.

“(Williams’) P.Inc Mark is similar in appearance, sound, meaning and commercial impression to the PINK Marks,” the lawsuit alleges (via Rolling stone). “The goods and services of (Williams) and (Pink) are identical and/or closely related. … (Williams) will likely market and promote its goods through the same trade channels and to the same consumers as (Pink).”

Pink performs at the Golden 1 Center on October 12, 2023 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Pink performs at the Golden 1 Center on October 12, 2023 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Pink’s representatives asked the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to consider their appeal after filing the papers on Thursday (April 18).

Neither Pink nor Williams’ representatives responded to invitations to comment.

Pharrell is also currently embroiled in a legal dispute with his former Neptunes partner Chad Hugo, after Hugo accused Williams of seeking exclusive control of the group’s trademarks without consulting him.

In February, Pink was forced to interrupt a show in Australia after a fan went into labor mid-song. She was singing her 2023 ballad “Our Song” when she saw a group “waving for help.”

“Someone’s having a baby?!” she exclaimed. “Oh my God!”

The star, real name Alecia Beth Moore, joked: “Is it Alecia or Alex who is born? I feel like we shouldn’t be watching. Everyone give her her privacy! She didn’t just do that to have the baby, right? Is the baby here? No, okay.”

After congratulating the woman, Pink said: “Wow, ‘Our Song’ – that was the one that did it. I wouldn’t have called them! I thought it would be ‘Get The Party Started’ or ‘Never Not Gonna Dance Again’. That’s crazy.”

“I don’t even know what to say (…) Good luck! It’s going to be great. You’re going to be great.”

Last year there were numerous bizarre disruptions to Pink’s live performances. In September, her show in Texas was interrupted by an anti-circumcision protester, who was subsequently removed from the venue.

A fan also threw a bag of their mother’s ashes on stage during one of Pink’s performances at BST Hyde Park in London, where she was also presented with a giant wheel of brie – much to her surprise.

Pink will return her ‘Summer Carnival’ tour to Britain, Ireland and Europe in June and July, before embarking on a string of North American dates. Find the remaining tickets (UK/Ireland) here.