On July 23, 2019, Decree No. 9.931/19 was signed, establishing the Interministerial Group of Intellectual Property (GIPI). Its main functions involve the proposal of actions, suggestions, and coordination related to Intellectual Property in Brazil.
GIPI will be commanded by the Ministry of Economy and will be composed of 10 representatives from various ministries and governmental bodies, as the Civil Office and the General Secretariat. The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) will also be invited to collaborate in meetings about IP matters, but will not be entitled to vote.
The group will meet quarterly and may organize relevant initiatives, actions, programs regarding Intellectual Property. It may also suggest the accession of international, bilateral and multilateral agreements, besides providing information and promoting public consultations on the topic. Because of the multidisciplinary composition of GIPI, the Decree also foresees the formation of technical groups to advise GIPI members on specific issues.
The creation of GIPI is one of the measures related to Intellectual Property that was recently implemented by the government and proposes to be an important propellant of the matter.