World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an organization based in Geneva that provides Intellectual Property (IP) services to businesses and individuals to encourage creativity and innovation. Intellectual property is a significant determinant of the development and growth of any country even as globalization continues to influence the way firms across the globe outsource their product contract manufacturing and the decisions companies make in managing their supply chains. However, globalization has brought with it numerous shortcomings that continue to be the primary challenges facing the actualization of Intellectual Property. For example, Dr. Kamil Idris claims there is an increase in piracy and counterfeiting which has resulted in the backlogs in processing patent applications. The rise in copyright piracy has seen many authors lose the authenticity of their materials which are distributed without their legal authorization. Also, with the increase in globalization, there is the need for intensive training of IP and development of human resources and IP capacity.
In a recent interview, the one-time Director General of WIPO Kamil Idris shared some of the steps that the organization has made to bring solutions to the challenges in IP. For example, WIPO has formed the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty, Performances Treaty, and WIPO Phonograms to foster the international copyright policy.
About Kamil Idris
Born in Sudan, Kamil Idris is a former Director General of (WIPO). Kamil also worked at the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV) and held the position of Secretary-General. Idris is an academic scholar who holds multiple degrees from different universities. He attained two Master degrees in International Law and International Affairs from the University of Ohio, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economic Theories from the University of Cairo and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Khartoum.
Dr. Idris has worked in different fields before joining WIPO. Kamil Idris served as a Professor of International Law, an Attorney at law, Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths, and as an Ambassador in the Sudanese Foreign Service. He also worked in the Permanent Mission of Sudan before assuming the position of Coordinator and Spokesman of the Group of developing countries
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