Collective trademark granted for Brazilian organic cocoa
The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has recently granted the collective trademark CABRUCA to the Organic Producers Cooperative of South Bahia (Cooperativa dos Produtores Orgânicos do Sul da Bahia), to designate cocoa and cocoa products.
This cooperative, which was founded in 2000, comprises 32 farmers and has its headquarters in the city of Ilheus, center of the cocoa region of Bahia.
The main product of the cooperative is the cocoa grown in the Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia in a traditional agroforestry system known as “cabruca.” This cocoa is subjected to yearly inspections in order to obtain the organic production certificate.
Since this is a common production system in the cacao industry, the granted collective trademark does not infringe on rights of third parties making use of this production technique.
In the regulations establishing the use of the collective trademark CABRUCA, the cooperative establishes that it can only be used by organic farmers belonging to this organization. In those cases where the products are sold directly by the farmers, the Cooperative Board of Directors and Internal Control Team are responsible for determining the cocoa products that can be marketed with the trademark CABRUCA.