ICC Evaluation Service, LLC v. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc. et al.

Protecting our intellectual property, ensuring integrity and promoting safety across the industry

About the Lawsuit

On January 13, 2016, ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES), a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), filed a lawsuit against International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for copyright infringement of ICC’s proprietary evaluation reports and acceptance criteria.

ICC-ES filed this lawsuit to protect its copyrighted materials and to ensure the integrity of rigorous processes central to its evaluation reports and acceptance criteria, which thousands of designers, manufacturers, and building safety and fire prevention professionals rely on to promote the highest standards of construction safety across the United States.

Significant Documents

ICC views this as more than just a legal dispute:  as not-for-profits and members of the standards developing community, both of our organizations are called to a higher standard because of the trust placed in the work that we do.  The public’s confidence in all standards developing organizations rests on our collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity.

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