Intellectual Property(IP) theft and violations have been a significant concern for the United States especially when it comes to China. Former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Kamil Idris observes that globalization has watered down the efforts of WIPO in IP protection. American businesses have witnessed massive loses resulting in closure after Chinese companies made imitations of their brands and flooded the international market with these imitations at lower prices. This has led to trade hostility between the two nations as China is accused of displaying laxity when it comes to enforcing Intellectual Property rights and protection.
The Obama administration was focusing on diplomatic solutions to tackle the challenge between the two states. The current Trump administration has announced hefty taxes on Chinese goods to coerce them into regarding IP rights as a primary issue. Professor Kamil Idris, renowned for his advocacy on protecting IP rights wonders if this will bring a lasting solution.
According to Kamil Idris, this move may fix the situation with China even if it is at a gradual pace. Many Chinese experts agree with Idris on Trump’s move. Orville Schell, in particular, says that China is not interested in a trade war and will cave into the pressure from Trump. Other economy experts like Scott Kennedy, however, feel that the Trump administration should have done more than impose heavy duties as China needs to feel more pressure to enforce Intellectual Property protection.
Professor Kamil urges everyone to commend creative individuals, especially during the World Intellectual Property Day on 26th April for their dedication and innovations that enhance the quality of life. In one of his messages when he was the Director General of WIPO, Kamil associates the importance of IP rights to complex issues like tackling global warming and simple ones like the airing of football games into households around the world. He notes that human creativity promotes social, cultural and economic development and recognizing this and promoting IP rights encourages creativity.
Kamil Idris is a Sudanese diplomat who has devoted his career to championing for IP Rights. He was the Director General of WIPO from 1997-2008. His expertise in International Law and love for peace has placed him on essential panels of Arbitration in the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is an author and holds an LLB honor from Khartoum University and A Ph.D. in International Law from Geneva University.