The former director general of World Intellectual property, Professor Kamil Idris, a Sudanese national and a 2010 presidential candidate in Sudan is a strong advocate of leveling the playing grounds between the developed and developing countries. Throughout his time as the director general of WIPO he donated his salary as secretary general of the union to specifically fund the protection of plant varieties to developing countries.
The Cairo University graduate said in a recent interview that globalization is the reason the number of patents submitted across the globe and export markets has skyrocketed. He said that the unfortunate thing is that even with the technology as a great equalizer, some countries still lag behind because of lack of resource and inadequate training. While a good number of states have benefited from Wealth surrounding Intellectual Property, others have not had this privilege especially a big part of Africa.
Without the intellectual rights that professor Kamil notes in his message on world intellectual property day, many technologies developed to tackle global problems would never have turned into a reality and the great sports events and news would never have found their way into screens across the globe. Kamil Idris points out that the free services provided by WIPO could help individuals in the developing markets quickly find their way through completing the patent approval process.
Globalization has stimulated development thus creating a challenge about ownership of ideas. Kamil Idris says that on the WIPO day everyone should pay tribute to the artists and inventors who have enriched human existence with the results of their creative visions. While at it, he added that everyone should remember why it is important to admire, respect and protect these creatives.
In this age where everything depends on the internet, Kamil Idris adds that piracy and counterfeiting are their most significant challenges intellectual property laws are faced with. He recommends for more IP training and the development of human resources because the reasons why some countries flourish while others don’t is on the way a nation uses intellectual property to capture the value of innovation and creativity of its people and convert it into tangible assets.