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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