Kamil Idris Weighs In On Intellectual Property and Globalization

Dr. Kamil Idris participated in an interview and shared his take on Intellectual Property and Globalization.


Dr. Idris says that all countries should be aware of the importance of intellectual property as a development tool and its role in economic growth. The way a country uses intellectual property could vary based on several factors such as their political standpoint on committing to IP development, the amount of expert support staff available, the level of IP awareness and the societal needs. The WIPO has an Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) which is a forum for countries to share experiences and ideas and possibly come up with solutions for enforcement and coordination improvements.


Dr. Idris discussed some of the issues with intellectual property due to globalization. He says the main issues are robbery and duplication. Other main issues include the need for resources to support IP training and capacity as well as support staff. The growth of communication in the technology realm has also posed a problem as this type of communication facilitates the duplication issues. The World Intellectual Property Organization works towards resolving these issues. The WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty provide minimum protection for digital copyright owners. WIPO offers training programs, seminars, and workshops for system users and those who administer the systems. Even though the WIPO can advise its members and stakeholders on intellectual property it is up to each nation individually to set their own preferences about how they want to conduct business in their country regarding intellectual property.


Globalization has triggered the need for new products and technologies, therefore the number of patents pending has soared to an outstanding number. TRIPS Agreement (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) helps the management of intellectual property by setting enforcement standards that regulate the legal and administrative duties and remedies for any issues that may arise including criminal sanctions. TRIPS has created a standard across several countries.

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Dr. Kamil Idris has shared his expertise across several platforms regarding intellectual property and its importance in the global economy. He is the President of The International Court of Arbitration and Mediation. He is also the Former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has a strong law background and he has also received 19 honorary doctorate law degrees from universities worldwide. He is a Member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and he has published several works on intellectual property and international law and development.

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