Kamil Idris is a Sudanese statesman who is currently serving as the president of the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD). He is also known as the former director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), serving from 1997 to his resignation in 2008. Kamil Idris is a loud voice supporting globalization, and he believes that an interconnected world provides endless opportunities to those who live in it. Being the president of the World Association for Sustainable Development, it is one of his duties to oversee the vast network that monitors the ideas and knowledge that is being shared between different cultures, government, and individuals across the planet. These people can range from academic scholars, professionals, representatives from the industry, students, or anyone who wanted to contribute to the implementation of strong, sustainable development.
Kamil Idris was born and raised in his home country of Sudan, and before holding essential offices in the global stage, he had to study at different universities across the world. He is an alumnus of the Universtiy of Khartoum and the Geneva University, and he was also given a lot of honorary degrees from different countries around the world. He then decided to become a diplomat, sharing his knowledge about international law to the people whom he worked with. He also became a foreign civil worker, extending his assistance to those who need help, most especially in war-torn communities experiencing massive conflict and fighting.
When he served as the president of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1997, he made sure that all of the intellectual properties are being protected. The rise of the internet gave way to bigger problems that are being faced by the entertainment industry, and they seek the help of the organization to protect the intellectual properties produced by film directors, composers, and photographers. Kamil Idris stated that a government should be doing everything to ensure the protection of their citizens’ intellectual properties. The industry of piracy has been growing for years, and governments could not develop a concrete strategy on how to put an end on the illegal practice, but Kamil Idris is positive that his organization will be able to stop the practice of piracy.
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.