Several countries have needed to initiate their national legal process to protect the IPPC certification mark (from ISPM 15: 2009) with the assistance of FAO legal expertise when necessary. 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. If not yet started, the IPPC Secretariat strongly encourages all Contracting Parties to initiate the appropriate actions to trademark the logo in your country before it is too late.
Most recently in the US, a case was settled out of court when a firm was found to be using an unauthorized stamp ( see the IPPC Facebook page for http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-trends-press-releases/Trademark-infringement-claim--results-in-substantial-settlement-f-182058641.html ).
Further information can be obtained from:
ISPM 15:2009 Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade
CPM7 doc on ISPM 15 status
Contact for the FAO legal assistance -> Ms Laura Pasetto
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