Professor Kamil Idris is a Sudanese scholar who has an LLB honor from the University of Khartoum and a Ph.D. in International Law from Geneva University and is well versed in Intellectual Property issues. He has written books and published in journals on Intellectual Property and IP rights protection. In a recent post on Medium, professor Kamil, Idris, an Intellectual Property rights enthusiast and former director of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), poses a question on whether the United States is finally putting on enough pressure on China to be serious about Intellectual Property Rights.
Intellectual Property rights play a significant role in the world of business today. Issues of infringement of these rights have been critical causes of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Chinese manufacturers have been notorious for stealing business ideas from the United States and producing similar goods for their market and the Third World market at lower prices than the original manufactures. This has seen a lot of American businesses being edged out of the market. Kamil Idris points out that unlike the previous Obama administration that was more diplomatic and focused on bilateral trade talks, the current Trump administration has taken a more vigorous approach.
The administration plans on imposing hefty tariffs on Chinese exports in an attempt to pressure China to apply intellectual Property protection. He observes that some economy experts like Scott Kennedy slightly disagree with Trump’s approach and deem it as being weak in strategy. Others like Chinese expert Orville Schell, are of the opinion that Trump’s move may work because it came unexpectedly and in place of avoiding a trade war, China might take steps in enforcing Intellectual Property rights. Idris believes that Trump’s move together with other factors are leading to the resolution of Intellectual Property issues even if it is at a slow pace.
Professor Kamil Idris in an interview with Venture Outsource laments that globalization has brought various challenges like piracy that have watered down Intellectual Property Rights and efforts to protect them. The internet has made it able for the exchange of ideas and someone in Africa can easily use an idea that is indigenous to an American business without many limitations. Differences in Intellectual Property approaches between countries especially in the first world where the laws are more restricting and in third world countries which have a more laid-back attitude has dramatically affected the global integration of Intellectual Property.