Fix The Patent Laws

Brazilian civil society submission to the DTI on patent law reform in SA

Posted on | October 23, 2013 | No Comments

On 17th October, the Working Group on Intellectual Property of the Brazilian Network for the Integration of Peoples (GTPI/REBRIP, acronym in Portuguese), coordinated by the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA, acronym in Portuguese), made a submission of recommendations to the South African Department of Trade and Industry on the Draft National Policy on IP.

The working group is comprised of several Brazilian civil society organizations that work to ensure the right to health, including organizations working with people living with HIV/AIDS, human rights and consumers rights. Created in 2003, the Group conducts studies and advocacy actions to overcome the negative impact of pharmaceutical patents and other monopolistic mechanisms on the access to essential medicines and the implementation of health policies in Brazil and on Global South.

They welcomed the public consultation opened by the South Africa government related to draft an intellectual property policy and went on to say:

“We expect that this important step represent a continuous commitment with transparency and open dialogue, which can certainly inspire other countries to become more accountable as regards to decisions relating to IP policies. Below, we address some of the main issues opened for discussions during the consultation process.

We also would like to acknowledge and congratulate the efforts made by South Africa Civil Society groups on the “Fix the Patents laws” campaign, which certainly was key to pave the way for such an important public consultation.”

You can access the full Brazilian civil society submission here.


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  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign co-founded by SECTION27, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2011. Since then, the coalition has grown to include 38 other organisations fighting together to push South Africa to amend its patent laws to prioritise public health. Through this blog we will highlight how amending South Africa’s Patents Act 57 of 1978 will reduce the cost of medicines, improving the health and saving the lives of millions of South Africans.

    The members of the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign are as follows: Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCD Alliance), DiabetesSA, EpilepsySA, Marie Stopes South Africa, Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Cape Mental Health (CMH), the South African Federation of Mental Health (SAFMH), Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance (SABDA), as well as the following members of the Cancer Alliance and Advocates for Breast Cancer: Breast Course 4 Nurses, Breast Health Foundation, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cancer Heroes, Can-Sir, CanSurvive, Care for Cancer Foundation, Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA), Igazi Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Love your Nuts, Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA), Men’s Foundation, National Council Against Smoking, National Oncology Nursing Association of SA, Pancreatic Cancer Network of SA (PanCan), People Living With Cancer (PLWC), Pink Trees for Pauline, Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation, Pocket Cancer Support, Project Flamingo, Rainbows and Smiles, Reach for Recovery, South African Oncology Social Work Forum (SAOSWF), The Pink Parasol Project, The Sunflower Fund, Vrede Foundation and Wings of Hope.

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