Louisiana company taken to court over illegal use of ISPM-15 stamp

January 3, 2013

Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau has agreed to an out of court settlement in a trademark infringement claim the organization had made against a company in the southern U.S. for unauthorized use of a certification stamp. The confidential settlement, valued in the six-figure range, was agreed to by both parties before a lawsuit was filed.

According to PLIB, the case involved unauthorized use of the trademarked stamp that identifies dunnage material certified under the International Plant Protection Convention’s (IPPC) International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15 (ISPM 15). The purpose of the ISPM 15 program is to protect the health of the world’s forests by restricting the inadvertent transportation of forest pests in the wood used for packaging and dunnage in international shipments. When pests gain a foothold in areas where there are few, if any, natural predators, the results can be catastrophic...Read more

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