Intellectual property rights is a prevalent topic in the global world. From accusations of technology, book and product theft, it is important for the creators to have the ability to protect their ideas, time and effort. Kamil Idris, former director of WIPO, enthusiastically accepts the task of helping people obtain rights to their own intellectual property.
What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) as defined by Kamil Idris, is a tool that is utilized in development of any innovation. It includes knowledge and ideas which help to drive the growth in both local and global economies.
Professor Idris indicates the difficulty in maintaining the integrity of IP due to technology and the Internet. In the form of words and developmental ideas, IP is being taken from the control of the intelligent people who created it and used for illegal gain.
The Dangers of IP Appropriation
When a design is stolen, the thief is not interested in the safety of the product. The counterfeit products may be made of inferior materials which makes the item dangerous to the public. Books and ideas that are appropriated may not be of the same quality as the original, may have changes that make the development harmful, or may cause the paying recipient to not look further into the original developer’s ideas. Theft of IP also reduces the economic future of the owners of the information.
World Intellectual Property Organization
Professor Idris served as the director for WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and worked with individuals, groups, and companies to help protect their IP from theft. This organization conducts training sessions and provides self-help and organizational help in teaching others how to protect their IP. WIPO works in conjunction with the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty.
About Kamil Idris
Kamil Idris utilized his own success in a philanthropic way. He donated his WIPO salary to underdeveloped countries. His actions founded in the belief that helping to develop these countries would open up a new bank of ideas and innovation to further enhance the development of the entire world. Information, such as how a country utilized donations, provides economists with more knowledge and information on the best ways to distribute funds in the future.
The interest Idris gives to intellectual property rights shows his belief in its importance for today’s world and the world of tomorrow.