Venture Outsource caught up with Kamil Idris, and he shed some light on obstacles to do with IP protection that states were facing. With the advent of globalization, more nations are finding themselves in a dilemma when it comes to the protection of Intellectual Property (IP). The internet has opened up international markets and interactions making it difficult for countries to control issues such as piracy and counterfeiting. He suggested that increasing training for IP experts was a right approach to resolving this problem. He also said that WIPO was playing its part in addressing this challenge through the WIPO Copyright Treaty.
According to Professor Kamil Idris, an international law expert, and advocate for IP rights and regulations, IP is a source of wealth for economies, and it is vital to protect it. He said that WIPO was advocating for governments to allocate more resources towards the development of IP information tools. He also urged governments to initiate political and economic policies that supported IP rights to ensure their countries benefit from the wealth created by IP.
Recently, China and the United States have been engaged in trade hostilities due to alleged IP violations by China. America accuses Chinese traders of stealing America’s trade secrets and manufacturing counterfeits of favorite American brands which they sell in the global market at lower prices. China has also been accused of forcing other companies to divulge their technology to Chinese firms before being granted access to the country’s market.
According to economy experts in the United States, these practices have cost the United States more than $500 billion in losses. To curb these violations and punish China, Trump has moved to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese goods. Professor Kamil Idris feels the move may resolve the IP conflict that has been ongoing for years between the two states.
Professor Kamil Idris is the previous director general of WIPO. He is also a Sudanese statesman and acclaimed author of several books on IP law. Today he is the President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation.