Efforts By Kamil Idris on Intellectual Property Rights Advocacy
Professor Kamil Idris, a Sudanese diplomat, has dedicated his career to educating the general public about Intellectual Property Rights and Laws. He started his career at the United Nations Office in Sudan. During this time, he was part of an African envoy that promoted regional cooperation among African states in the fields of technology, trade and energy. He was appointed as the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1997 to 2008. He is a multilingual speaker who has served various in various international capacities like being a highly regarded member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that provides a forum for settling international disputes.
As an expert in International Law, Kamil Idris is often requested to chair critical proceedings of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 2010, he participated in Sudan’s general elections as a presidential candidate. He attended the University of Khartoum for his undergraduate law degree and graduated with LLB honors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economic Theories from Cairo University and a PhD. in International Law from Geneva University. The scholar has 19 honorary degrees in law from institutions all over the globe. He is an author of many books on Intellectual Property Rights and Regulations. International Law and Economic Development.
During his tenure at WIPO, he was in charge of supporting the organization’s efforts for safeguarding Intellectual Property Rights. In one of his messages as the Director General, he maintains that it is essential to protect Intellectual Property Rights to encourage and boost innovations for the betterment of society. Professor Kamil notes that World Intellectual Property Day has gained popularity and more people are commemorating it. It is a day set aside by WIPO on the 26th of April to honor creative individuals who employ their talents to invent technologies and solutions to global challenges.
Intellectual Property theft has caused a trade rift between China and the United States. Chinese manufacturers are allegedly benefiting from patents and information that they steal from the US manufactures and produce counterfeit goods which retail at lower prices than the original products. This has affected many American Businesses leading to closure in some cases. China is also accused of forcing businesses to share their technologies with companies in China to be given access to the Chinese market. The Trump administration has vowed to impose high import tariffs on China to pressure them into abiding by Intellectual Property agreements and laws.