Globalization has been a double edged sword in the sweep of industrialization across the globe. While an asset in some regards, it has been a detriment to the spread of honest and protected Intellectual Property (IP). Professor Kamil Idris served as the Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for over a decade, and has continued to seek the enforcement of fair trade and facilitation of IP.
Despite his acknowledgement of the economic benefits of global IP transfer, Professor Idris has spent his career identifying the gaps in protection on an international stage. He addressed the need to focus resources and attention on IP policy by working extensively with the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty (WPPT) to help bring international copyright framework to the digital age. Idris believes a standardization in global legalities towards IP will have a harmonizing effect and deter IP pitfalls.
Professor Kamil Idris calls for the enforcement of IP laws by introducing tariffs on nations such as China who flagrantly abuse IP integrity, especially that of American patents. President Trump is enacting a tariff of nearly $50 billion on imports from China in retaliation towards the theft of American goods in the form of counterfeits, trade secrets, and the illegal use of foreign ideas. This $50 billion is the figure determined to be the value of losses imposed on the American economy from Chinese IP theft. There is belief that China is overlooking restrictions on foreign ownership to sway American firms to transfer technology to Chinese businesses. On top of this, there is speculation that China conducted cyber-attacks to steal trade secrets, comparable to Russian interception in the American 2016 election.
Despite talks of an impending trade war, Professor Idris agrees that sanctions on the Chinese government will incentivize cooperation. For countries that do not uphold a global standard of economic protection, additional, and often extreme, measures are the result.
Professor Kamil Idris is an international scholar, and has achieved a Bachelor of Law from Khartoum University, a Master in International Law from Ohio University, and a Doctorate in International Law from University of Geneva. In 2005, Idris received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Indira Gandhi National Open University in India.