Intellectual property is growing by leaps and bounds around the world. There are ways of transferring intellectual property over borders. Dr. Idris believes intellectual property rights are a “tool for development in an economic context.” Countries have to develop national policy objectives regarding the level of political development of intellectual property. Dr. Idris graduated with LLB Honors Faculty of Law from the University of Khartoum, also receiving his Ph.D. in international law from Geneva University, Switzerland. He also has honorary doctorate law degrees earned from 19 universities around the world, having served as the Director General from 1997-2008 for the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Kamil Idris has also served with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, (UPOV), and is also a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. Also, he has published books on the matter of intellectual property, as well as the development of international law. Countries need to use intellectual property as a tool that helps bring lasting economic growth. Idris educates us on what World Intellectual Property Day is. Intellectual property (IP) is defined as copyrights, patents, industrial designs, or trademarks. Intellectual property rights make sure that new technologies can come out without too much difficulty.

Idris believes in ideas being the drivers of economic growth, as there is a need for intellectual property rights experts. Globalization can cause issues such as piracy or counterfeiting. There is a surplus of processing patent applications despite the communications revolution featuring the Internet at the forefront. Copyright piracy can be distributed easily because of the rise of the personal computer. There are quite a few costs to this piracy issue, namely that of human, social, and economic costs of piracy. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), plays a major role in taking on these problems at various situational levels. National Patent offices are trying to make all their data digital, with a demand for IP classes ever growing. We are evolving global patent laws that benefit all parties involved, in particular, if two countries need to resolve a dispute. WIPO’s defining task is to oversee the changing international intellectual property landscape. Companies need to adapt their patent seeking to the country’s laws that they are dealing with. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is a means of creating an intellectual property system that is multilingual to resolve the way international IP is done.

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