In recent years, globalization has taken on a life of its own, opening up exciting new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike. It also means that original creative content and new innovations aren’t quite as protected from infringement as they once were within a given country’s borders. Kamil Idris, who works as the general director for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), recently shared his thoughts on this issue.
Kamil Idris Says There’s No One Answer to IP Rights Protection
When it comes to the dangers that globalization poses to the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights, Idris says there are a number of issues that need to be addressed. While people often think of piracy and counterfeiting in regard to IP rights, there’s also a backup in getting patents approved. Kamil says that backlog is just as problematic as the issue of theft.
That means solutions will have to be varied, providing relief in a number of situations. Dr. Idris says governments need to address the human resources shortages that are contributing to this backlog, so the patents can be approved with greater efficiency.
Getting back to the issue of piracy, Dr. Idris says the internet has made it too easy for people from all over the world to use content and applications without the author’s permission. Kamil says two new measures, The WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty (WPPT), seek to address those concerns by providing more expansive protections to copyright holders around the world. Additionally, WIPO has formed the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE). On the one hand, this is a forum for various governments to share information on experiences and trends in piracy. It also provides a way for international agencies to coordinate their efforts and curtail incidences of piracy across borders.
About Kamil Idris
Born in Sudan, Kamil Idris attended Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum, where he graduated with LLB honors. He continued his education at Geneva University in Switzerland, where he earned a PhD in international law. Dr. Idris also holds honorary doctorate degrees from an impressive 19 universities in countries around the globe.
As a published author, Dr. Idris is considered an expert on intellectual property law and international law. In addition to serving as the director general of WIPO, Kamil Idris has also served as the president of The International Court of Arbitration and Mediation ( ICAM ).