International outdoor apparel and footwear company Columbia Sportswear Company says it has settled an infringement claim against Jong Jae Kim, who had been selling apparel in Korea under the "Columbia Classic" trademark.

Columbia negotiated the settlement with Kim after the civil courts in Seoul imposed an injunction prohibiting him from further use of the trademarks, which he had been exploiting since 1999.

"We're gratified that the Seoul court saw the merit of our case and helped to put a stop to this activity, thereby strengthening the legal protection for our brand in Korea," said Tim Boyle, president and chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear.

"Trademark infringement is an unfortunate by product of our brand popularity in this key Asian market, and our litigation once again underscores our policy of 'zero tolerance' toward infringing activity across the globe."

The settlement requires Kim to remove the Columbia trademark from all products, including products recalled from customers, and to pay damages to Columbia Sportswear for trademark infringement.