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This little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. It can often be found in juice form in health food and gourmet stores.
THE AÇAÍ* CASE
(*(pronounced "uss uh eeh")
Disputing international markets - appropriation of the plant's name
Açaí is a great potential product for international markets and many trademarks have already been registered for its commercialization. Usually these marks are composed by several words, including the plant's name like, for example "Amazon Açaí" or "Açaí Power".
However, since march 2001, the plant's name itself became a trade mark in the European Union.
In the USA, the trade mark Acai (in this system the caracter "ç" is invalid) was registered in march 2001 and abandoned in march 2002. The name is available at this moment. Who will be the word's next owner?http://www.amazonlink.org/biopiracy/acai.htm
Açaí are used (particularly Euterpe edulis) for their "palm heart", which is eaten as a steamed dish, and (particularly Euterpe oleracea) for their highly-prized fruits, which are rich in a diversity of macro- and micronutrients, as follows: