Kamil Idris: Protecting Intellectual Properties

Professor Kamil Idris is a Sudanese statesman, international civil servant, author and scholar. He was the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization from 1997 to 2008. He holds a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Franklin Pierce Law Center, in the United States, awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Law Degree in May 1999.

He recently sat down with VentureOutsource.com to discuss protecting intellectual property rights. Idris discussed the fact that intellectual property (IP) is important for economic growth and development. Furthermore, how it is translated and applied is determined strongly by the ideas and policies of a country.

Kamil Idris goes on state that any pitfalls from intellectual property resulting from globalization can be determined to be piracy and counterfeiting. Another challenge stemming from globalization is the need to focus on better IP training and the development of it’s capacity and human resources. There has been an evolution in communication services that has also posed significant challenges, claims Idris. Idris believes it contributes to the increase in copyright piracy and these communications have assisted with massive growth in the manufacturing of counterfeit goods. The two had several things they discussed but it concluded with Idris discussing the World Intellectual Property Organization and its commitment to multilateralism.

Professor Kamil Idris also has a number of thoughts on China and Trump’s new tariffs that were announced this year. He believes China will be hit hard with this. The United States Representative’s 2017 report stated the stealing of American IP by the Chinese has costs the State’s between $225 and $600 billion. The penalty of IP theft is among the largest. Countries have avoided doing business with China because of these thefts for years but as China’s influence is growing and trading partnerships will soon become necessary.

To protect IP, President Trump is using Section 301, which gives him the power to impose and authorize trade sanctions. Trump can use this against any country that fails to provide protection for IP rights. On the flip side, Trump, announced his plan to support Chinese telecommunications manufacturer, ZTE, from going under by offering them access to US markets.