The Working Group on Intellectual Property (GTPI) of the Brazilian Network for the Integration of Peoples – REBRIP, formed in 2003, brings together several civil society organizations, social movements and experts related to the subject of intellectual property and access to medicine in Brazil. The GTPI has a public interest perspective and advocates to mitigate the negative impact of pharmaceutical patents for the peoples access to medicines and health.
The main objectives of the GTPI:
- File lawsuits and administrative actions and conducts advocacy on the issue of intellectual property and access to medical innovations;
- Actively monitor international negotiations on intellectual property in which Brazil is involved;
- Monitor and address the debate about intellectual property in the three branches (Legislative, Judiciary, Executive);
- To influence public opinion in order to denounce the social impacts of trade agreements and the abuses of the intellectual property system;
- Deepening ties with civil society organizations in the global south that advocate on the issue of intellectual property and expanding access to health and medicines
The GTPI is composed of the following organizations: Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS (ABIA), Grupo de Incentivo à Vida (GIV), Grupo Pela Vidda São Paulo, Grupo de Apoio à Prevenção à AIDS – São Paulo (GAPA), Grupo de Apoio à Prevenção à AIDS – Rio Grande Do Sul (GAPPA/RS), Grupo de Resistência Asa Branca (GRAB), GESTOS – Soropositividade, Comunicação & Gênero; Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor (IDEC), Conectas Direitos Humanos, Federação Nacional dos Farmacêuticos (FENAFAR) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF).