Dr. Kamil Idris Helps Build Nations By Protecting Its Intellectual Property

The building blocks of creation and invention is an idea. There was a time when people traded their ideas to create something new. For instance, from the observation of steam when water boils led to the development of power plants, sawmills, and locomotives.

Ideas are the stuff of all creations from a pen and ink drawing to the building of a rocket to the moon. Ancient Greek societies have recognized the importance of ideas that create works of art, useful devices, and recognizable brands which drive commerce. The things that people create in their minds are considered intellectual properties. A society and a nation move forward with the protection of the intellectual properties of its citizens. Dr. Kamil Idris is one of those kinds of people. 

The protection of intellectual property rights of those who create and invent should be protected, which is critical to the advancement of all knowledge. People have devoted a good portion of their lives protecting intellectual property rights.

Dr. Kamil Idris, Sudanese national, is the former director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), from 1997-2008. Dr. Kamil received a law degree from the Universty of Khartoum and a Ph.D. from the Geneva University in International Law. He holds honorary doctorates in law from nineteen Universities around the world and authored books in the areas of intellectual property, and international law and development.

WIPO is referred to as a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its goal is to monitor the transferring intellectual property across borders. Further, WIPO is committed to promote and maintain an International Intellectual Property system to advance economic development and protecting the public interests in intellectual property rights. As a UN agency, WIPO has a goal of preventing intellectual property theft, counterfeiting, piracy and speeding up the backlogs of patent applications, especially in the environment of Globalization. Kamil Idris is specifically interested in how globalization affects these rights:

For WIPO to accomplish its goals, it needs to ascertain:

* What the objectives are of a country in its political commitment to the development of Intellectual Property Rights,

* The nation states understanding and awareness of an intellectual property system,

* The countries need to respect the intellectual property rights of other nations,

* Protecting intellectual property rights through legislation with the public policy to encourage creativity and innovation.

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Thor Halvorssen Continues His Criticism Of Nicki Minaj

A planned pre Christmas festival appearance by Nicki Minaj has not gone to plan after her appearance in Angola led to severe criticism of her choice to attend the concert sponsored by a company owned by President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. The Angolan President has been accused by a number of human rights groups of being a dictator who has taken a large amount of the resources of the African country for himself and his family. The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has been the most outspoken critic of the performances of Nicki Minaj and Gilbert Arenas.

Thor Halvorssen has seen human rights abuses affect his own family as the Venezuelan family he comes from have continued to be active politically despite their continued problems with government figures. Both the mother and father of Halvorssen have been injured because of their political beliefs, which has driven the film producer to attempt to assist others who are facing problems affecting their human rights.

After spending a large amount of his life working with some of the world’s most respected human rights groups Halvorssen decided to create his own foundation free from any political interference. The career of Halvorssen has brought him to the U.S. where he has based the Human Rights Foundation in New York, deciding on how best to work with the foundation saw Halvorssen create a board of directors consisting of former political prisoners and respected politicians.

Prior to embarking on her trip to Angola Nicki Minaj was the subject of an open letter written by Thor Halvorssen that explained why her trip was morally wrong. Since her return to the U.S. from Angola Nicki Minaj has not seen the problems caused by the trip die down, instead Thor Halvorssen has questioned the future role of Minaj in any U.S. based charitable work. The Human Rights Foundation founder has stated the money paid to Minaj for her performance comes from the money that should be owned by the people of Angola and not the President of the country and his family.