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Kamil Idris: Why Intellectual Property Matters

At first glance, intellectual property may be dismissed as another device of the government to control the masses but it serves as an important safeguard. Without it, there would be no progress in tackling the major issues that exists in the world today. Aside from addressing significant problems such as global warming and pollution, intellectual property also serves to provide luxuries of everyday life such as tv shows, movies, and other forms of entertainment.

The World Intellectual Property Day serves as a celebration of the importance of intellectual property every 26th of April. More and more organizations and governments have been participating in WIPO and promoting the symbiotic relationship between power of human creativity and the protection that comes from intellectual property. It’s because of intellectual property that allows for technological advances and maintaining the pleasures of everyday life.

The four central types of intellectual property includes copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. They serve to protect the property owner by preventing others from copying his/her product or idea. If there were no regulations set, ideas would simply be plagiarized and the original owner would be left with nothing. These four safeguards prevent this from happening and are vital in encouraging human creativity to tackle difficult issues that exists in the world today.

Who is Kamil Idris?

Professor Kamil Idris completed a Bachelor of Law from Khartoum University in Sudan and a Bachelor of Arts from Cairo University in Egypt. He then went on to receive a Master in international law from Ohio University in the US and a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Geneva. Finally, he received an Doctorate of Laws from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in the US and an Doctor of Letters from Indira Gandhi National Open University in India.

Kamil Idris has served as the director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for 11 years from 1997 to 2008. He is a strong advocate for developing a global patent system and improving current IP laws.

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