Meet the Man Who Values Intellectual Rights, Professor Kamil Idris

Being from Sudan, Kamil Eltayeb Idris was born in 1954 in August and has served at WIPO as the Director-General for a decade from1997 to 2008. He is a renowned global civil servant, a scholar and a proud citizen of his country.

Professor Kamil Idris is well educated where he went to Khartoum University in Sudan for his Bachelors in Law, Cairo University in Egypt for BA in Political Science and Philosophy, Ohio University in the United States for Master in International Law and Affairs, and the University of Geneva in Swiss for Doctorate in International Law. He has received several honoraria like from Franklin Pierce Law Center and Indira Gandhi National Open University based in India.

Professor Kamil Idris has been on the forefront of enforcing IP rights from his vast experience in WIPO. Recently, he published an article of how the United States is pressuring China to get serious on intellectual rights. According to Professor Kamil, most of the manufacturers in China just copied their goods from Western world specifically from the U.S. making many manufacturers in the West fold up their business.

This has raised eyebrows to the Trump’s administration hence announcing a hefty tariff of $100 billion on Chinese exports. Some experts say that Trump is fighting hard and not smart while others believe that this move will put pressure on China. Nevertheless, China doesn’t want trade wars thus believing that there is something the current government can do to resolve this intellectual rights theft. It is a sure thing that the whole issues surrounding IP theft is almost having a solution and perhaps that’s why Trump is fastening the whole process.

Most of the governments and organizations across the globe have shown their support for the work that is being done by WIPO and is continually joining them in their annual celebrations that are held on 26th April. Despite celebrating the creativity of people, they also celebrate the IP rights that enable the creativity to see the light without being stolen. It is on this day that WIPO honors inventors, artists and various people who have shown an unassailable level of innovation and creativity while assuring them that they are there to protect their work and talents.

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