Reporting misuse of the FSC trademark

FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from well managed forests.

Protecting the FSC trademark from misuse maintains the integrity of the FSC system and ensures that those who have invested time and resources in responsible forest management and production are properly identified and rewarded.

Illicit use and misuse of the FSC trademarks undermines these efforts.

FSC trademarks may only be used by organizations or individuals that have obtained authorization, and must be used in compliance with FSC’s trademark standards and guidelines.

The FSC trademarks are the intellectual property of FSC and we take their protection and enforcement very seriously.

We have developed a trademark protection strategy to identify anyone infringing upon our intellectual property rights and to take legal action against them.

If you think the FSC trademarks are being misused, please report this immediately.

How to Report Trademark Misuse:


1) Check the validity of the license code.

The first step is to find the FSC license code (in the form FSC-C000000), located at the base of the logo.

Enter this into the FSC License Code field of the FSC Certificate Database.

After pressing search, this will provide you with information about the company that manufactured the product, the dates of certification, and product scope - if the company is in fact FSC certified.

2) Collect evidence.

If the code is invalid, or if it applies to a different product category, please take a picture or make a copy of the misuse, write down the date you found the item, where you found it, as well as any relevant contact information for the source of the misuse.

3) Contact FSC to report the alleged misuse.

Please contact the FSC Australia trademarks officer to report instances of trademark misuse.

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