In the world of today, globalization is a frequently occurring word to explain the ever shrinking distance between global actors. From the coffee bean farmer in Colombia selling his coffee via Starbucks in America, to Indian call centers servicing helplines of western companies, citizens of the world are more connected in the last ten years than they were in the entirety of human history. And with that new connection brought about mainly through the digital age and especially the internet, a new name for an old concept moves to the forefront, intellectual property and the rights that accompany it. Intellectual property is defined by the everyday dictionary as a work or invention that is the result of creativity. This could be a manuscript or a design, and often the inventor or creator will apply for a patent, copyright or trademark to establish and protect their claim to an idea. But what happens when two people develop the same idea in two different parts of the world? Kamil Idris speaks extensively on the problems that we face in the digital age surrounding personal privacy, social media, and intellectual property.
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Enter in Dr. Kamil Idris a Sudanese national, former diplomat, and international civil servant who graduated with LLB honours from Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum. He received his PhD in international law from Geneva University in Switzerland. Dr. Idris isthe former director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) based in Geneva.
Recently Dr. Idris was interviewed by Venture Outsource on the subject of intellectual property rights and what the future of globalization means for said rights. Dr. Idris spoke about how important intellectual property rights are for the development of companies and their economies. One of the hallmarks of american ingenuity has always been the dream of creating something that will bring great wealth to its creator or inventor. That dream only becomes a reality when governments create laws to protect these rights of ownership. Dr. Idris spoke about the problems of counterfeiting and piracy and the importance of protecting these rights beyond one country’s border. Indeed his organization works to bring different individuals and groups together to protect these rights internationally. He strongly advises companies to work closely with lawyers and other professionals with an in depth knowledge of the different intellectual property rights found around the world. It is predicted that the value of electronic and electronic based commerce will be in the trillions of dollars and will involve many aspects of intellectual property rights and require new policies to oversee them.
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