Brazil Sends List of 5,000 Typical Products to Patent Offices in the US and EU

Five thousand products of the Brazilian biodiversity, such as the imbu, hog plum, cupuaçu (cupuassu), açaí­ (ah-sci-ee), passion fruit, and pinion, will integrate a database to be presented this Tuesday, April 18, by Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) to the Interministerial Group of Intellectual Property.

The group is integrated by experts of the MAPA, as well as of the Ministries of Foreign Relations, and Science and Technology. Hundreds of species of the country’s fauna, flora and microorganisms are also part of the list.

The objective is to send the list, initially in a software format, to the major patent world offices located in Europe, United States, and Japan.

According to the Assistant of the Secretariat of Agriculture Development and Cooperativism, Leontino de Rezende, the list is an extra information tool to be used in the international patenting process.

In Japan two multinationals, Asahi Foods and Cupuaçu International, got as far as patenting the cupuaçu fruit. The registry was cancelled last year by the Japanese Copyright and Patent Office, following a series of Brazilian legal suits.

The cupuaçu fruit was registered in Japan in 1998, but Brazil only got wind of the patent four years later, when a candy manufacturers’ cooperative was prohibited from exporting products derived from the fruit of this name to Germany.

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  • Le Diamond

    This is getting ridiculous
    You guys are arguing about silly things when all the trouble is about patenting plants that are natural to a country and not to others! We do have laws restricting the exploitation patenting rights on everything that is natural in LA, but the international community simply ignore them as well as the international affairs regulation that should work for the so called “regional tradition”… anyways… thankfully we did win the battle over the closed-eyes guys.

  • Guest

    MR. IDIOT
    TO BE THIS STUPID, YOU MUST BE british.

  • Guest

    INTELECTUAL???
    IS THAT A NEW WORD FOR YOU MR. IDIOT? HA HA HA…

  • Guest

    YOU ARE WRONG AGAI IDIOT!!
    THE HIV PATENT WAS SETLED…NO LAWS WERE VIOLATED…BUT THE MORAL OF THE STORY (AS USUAL …YOU MISSED AGAIN) IS THAT BRAZIL WOULD HAD VIOLATED THE PATENT IN ORDER FOR YOU NOT TO MAKE MONEY OFF MILLIONS OF DYING PEOPLE IN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT… GET IT ASS HOLE!!!
    JUST REMEMBER…YOU HAVE NO CREDENTIALS NO CREDIBILITY AND NO BRAINS!!!

  • Guest

    and what about….
    the recognition Intelectual Property Rights such as HIV and other drugs, GM seeds, denied by Brazil ???

    Far more important than cupuaÀ§u fruit…I think !

    No ?

  • Guest

    that is right !!!
    That is how it works…for instance, an idiot like yourself “rolleyes” could otherwise patent guarana as afrodisiac drink in the UK or the USA and suddenly Brazil woudn’t be able to export the guarana because it never had it’s formula registered or patented internationally… trust me I have one patent and other pending in the US… the next time you roll your eyes see if you can see any brains inside!!! OK?

  • Guest

    “The cupuaÀ§u fruit was registered in Japan in 1998, but Brazil only got wind of the patent four years later”

    yeah, guess they’re just getting “wind” of the patent to aids treatments as well huh….:roll:eyes:

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