Kamil Idris is the former Director General of The World Intellectual Property Organization. Originally from Sudan, Dr. Idris received his PhD in international law from Geneva University. Dr. Idris graduated from The University of Khartoum. Dr. Idris has several doctorate law degrees from different universities throughout the World. Dr. Kamil Idris is also a member of the International Law Commission of The United Nations.
Recently, Dr. Idris spoke about transferring intellectual property, being prepared for potential pitfalls, and different ways that companies can manage their IPs in multiple jurisdictions. Dr. Idris believes that intellectual property can be a real asset for development.
However, he also notes that there could be pitfalls due to the increase in globalization. Companies have dealt with issues concerning piracy, counterfeiting, and backlogs when processing patent applications. The World Intellectual Property Organization strives to address these serious issues.
Dr. Idris believes that The Copyright Treaty and The Phonograms and Performances Treaty will help protect copyright owners. Further assistance will be available through different training programs, seminars, and workshops. Dr. Idris believes that globalization is the primary reason why there has been a large increase in the number of international patent applications. There is a need for more resources to help develop the IP human resource capacity.
Dr. Idris notes how countries can establish their own set of IP enforcement standards as long as they have a structure in place to enforce fair trade. The World Intellectual Property Organization supports the evolution of global legal frameworks. Dr. Idris believes that companies must protect their IP assets. Dr. Idris believes that more companies should use an IP centered strategy.
Dr. Idris notes that companies can avoid potential problems in the future by reviewing the terms of agreement with their partner company. The terms should clearly state how to deal with any issues that may arise. In the event of a serious disagreement, The World Intellectual Property Organization does have an Arbitration and Mediation Center.
Dr. Idris wants to emphasize that The World Intellectual Property Organization supports multi-laterialism. Dr. Idris wants every country to contribute to the process of developing solutions.