Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo Battling Over Neptunes Name Rights In Court
  • Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who make up the infamous beat duo the Neptunes, are now fighting over name rights in a new lawsuit filed by Chad.
  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: Inductees Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes pose backstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis on June 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame )
  • Chad’s attorney stated, “Throughout their over thirty-year history, [Hugo] and Williams agreed to, and in fact, have divided all assets.”
  • The documents continued, “By ignoring and excluding [Hugo] from any and all applications filed by applicant for the mark ‘The Neptunes,’ applicant has committed fraud in securing the trademarks and acted in bad faith.”
  • A spokesperson for Pharrell stated, “Pharrell is surprised by this. We have reached out on multiple occasions to share in the ownership and administration of the trademark and will continue to make that offer. The goal here was to make sure a third party doesn’t get a hold of the trademark and to guarantee Chad and Pharrell share in ownership and administration.”
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  • Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes during Bow Wow and The Neptunes Visit MTV’s “TRL” – August 20, 2003 at MTV Studios, Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)