USDA approves trademark payment, says NPB violated checkoff laws

Assessment finds value of pork trademarks far exceeds purchase price.

Although a lawsuit is ongoing, a recent review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) led to the April 20 approval of the continuation of annual payments by the National Pork Board (NPB) to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) for four  "Pork. The Other White Meat" trademarks under the terms of their 2006 agreement.

“We’re pleased that USDA recognized the value in the intellectual property of the trademarks and is allowing the pork board

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