Kamil Idris Addresses China’s Attitude towards Intellectual Property Laws

Globalization has slowed down national intellectual growth according to Professor Kamil Idris, the former director general of World Intellectual Property Organization. He has served as the Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and is a respected member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. He attended the University of Khartoum where he was awarded an LLB honor and the University of Geneva for his Ph.D. in International law. The prominent diplomat with various honorary doctorate law degrees from 19 Institutions. He was born in Sudan where he began his career in the United Nations Office. He is an expert in intellectual matters and has published several books and journals on this content.

Professor Kamil Idris, while being interviewed by Venture Outsources said that piracy and lack of boundaries on the nature of the internet are the most obvious challenges that face WIPO in this globalized era. He mentions that WIPO is coming up with its unique patent data to introduce to the internet and limit infringement. Kamil is in favor of establishing an international patent agreement to speed up the process of patent amalgamation that is limited by patent inconsistency between nations. He views economic value as an instrumental element in countries recognizing the significance of Intellectual Property laws.


Kamil Idris observes that some countries like China are reluctant on enforcing Intellectual Property laws and in a recent post on Medium, the professor debates whether the United is finally putting Pressure on China to take Intellectual Property Rights seriously. Many United States entrepreneurs have been pushed out of business by Chinese manufacturers who replicate the brands that are protected by trademarks and sell them at a lower price than the original business owners.


Professor Kamil points out that the tough stance displayed by the Trump administration is slowly pushing China towards enforcing Intellectual Property rights. Unlike the Obama administration that preferred negotiating bilateral trade, the trump administration intends to press heavy excises on China’s export to pressure China to exert Intellectual Property laws. Some economic analyst like Scott Kennedy says that this approach is weak, but professor Kamil says Trump’s move is working, even if it is at a slow pace. Most China experts concur with Kamil’s views and say that copying and piracy of the western ideas are declining and Chinese manufacturers are keener on developing their unique products and protecting them with Intellectual Property laws.