KAMIL IDRIS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

Kamil Idris is a former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization with Sudanese diplomatic roots. He currently heads the International Court Arbitration and Mediation. Idris’s specialty is mainly in globalization and intellectual property issues. The issues also include IP law and economic development.

 

In an interview with Venturesource.com, Idris said that globalization has brought about pitfalls in Intellectual Property due to piracy and production of counterfeit goods and services. Acquisition of patents for commodities created by an individual or an entity has become difficult too due to the cumbersome application process. Copyrights have also been broken as a result of the communications revolution. This, according to Idris has been made possible by the availability of internet access around the globe with the click of a button. Additionally, the improved communication has fueled the production and distribution of counterfeit goods. World Intellectual Property Organization has helped counter such issues by enacting The WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty (WPPT), which establish protection levels for people who own copyright-protected products digitally. Additionally, WIPO has training programs, workshops, and seminars for both the users and IP administrators.

According to Kamil Idris, the globalization has caused many patent applications, most of which are pending. Kamil has helped WIPO to provide forums on which users can seek affordable and efficient IP services.

 

Kamil also addressed the issues whereby China was accused of violating the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Agreement which stipulates fairness in IP related issues. China, being a member of the World Trade Organization was charged by the European Union of depriving prospective E.U. companies seeking to establish themselves in China off the ability to negotiate market-based terms in technology transfer agreements freely. President Trump too has threatened to impose $150 billion worth of duties as a result of IP violation in the country. Idris stepped in saying that a country can use their IP sharing standards to protect themselves against the abuse of the framework to reduce trade barriers. Idris also said that a nation could opt out of enforcement mechanisms.