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Skittles owner sues THC-laced copycat Zkittlez for trademark infringement

Skittles logo at the entrance to the supermarket trading floor.  Igor Golovniov | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images
  • Mars Wrigley, the maker of Skittles, is seeking damages from Terphogz for making a knockoff, THC-laced Zkittlez candy, claiming the two names are “confusingly similar.”
  • The Skittles maker says the name, packaging and logo of Zkittlez are a copyright violation.
  • Wrigley is seeking a permanent injunction on the sale of products and merchandise with the Zkittlez name and logo and asks the company to hand over the website domain

Mars Inc.’s Wrigley unit, the owner of Skittles, Starburst and Life Savers candies, filed complaints against Terphogz, the maker of THC-infused candy Zkittlez, on the grounds of trademark infringement.

Lawsuits were filed Monday in U.S. federal courts Illinois and California and in Canada seeking to halt the sale of Zkittlez goods, drug paraphernalia, clothing and merchandise.

“At Mars Wrigley we take great pride in making fun treats that parents can trust giving to their children and children can enjoy safely. We are deeply disturbed to see our trademarked brands being used illegally to sell THC-infused products, and even more so to hear of children ingesting these products and becoming ill,” a Mars company spokeswoman said in a email.

THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

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Published: May 07, 2021

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