Intellectual Property Rights and Regulations are increasingly defining relations among states. Intellectual Property (IP) is appertained to be anything that is generated by the mind and includes artistic works, brands, literary works and business names. Currently, China and the United States are engaged in a trade feud because of China’s theft of IP. IP is a source of wealth for countries and China’s actions cost the United States many billions each year. In a move to retaliate at China for its actions, president Trump has declared that his administration will impose heavy taxes on Chinese exports.
China is accused of forcing American and other International companies to dispense their technologies to Chinese manufacturers as a pre-condition to gaining access to the Chinese market. They are also blamed for manufacturing fake products of favorite consumer brands and stealing trade secrets. These IP violations seem to have prompted many nations to avoid trading with Chinese companies in China.
Kamil Idris, the former director general of World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO) believes intellectual property needs to be safeguarded to appreciate creators of goods and services and ensure they benefit from their creativity. In one of his messages, while still WIPO’s director, he alludes that protecting IP encourages creativity and innovations which boosts economic development. Kamil Idris urges everyone to join WIPO in saluting the works of creative individuals on World Intellectual Property day on April 26th.
Kamil Idris is a renown Intellectual Rights activist, Sudanese diplomat, scholar and author. His tenure as WIPO’s Director General lasted 11 years. He was also the Secretary-General of the Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties and a member of the International Law Commission. Kamil is a law expert with an LLB Honors from Khartoum University and a Ph.D. in International Law from Geneva University. He also holds several honorary doctorate degrees in law from other institutions.
As an esteemed member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Kamil Idris is advocates for peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The court’s proceedings are closed and the conflicting parties choose the arbitrating panel. Kamil is a regular member of these panels and presides over most of them.