The publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, M. Shanken Communications, has filed a lawsuit accusing California-based Weed Spectator of infringing its trademarks. The Wine Spectator lists the copying of its notable 100-point rating scale and branding as grounds for the case.
M. Shanken claim that Modern Wellness inc’s company, Weed Spectator, created a similar website and social media pages that, not only use the same features – such as the 100 point rating scale – but that the similarities in the branding results in searches for Weed Spectator returning with the Wine Spectator – potentially confusing Wine Spectator’s 3 million readers.
The company also claim that the logo Wellness Inc had filed to trademark earlier this year contains the same font as their Wine Spectator logo. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court is seeking an injunction against Modern Wellness from using the Weed Spectator mark, and to receive triple damages for dilution.