Professor Kamil Idris, a Sudanese national and scholar, is famously known for the time he served as director general for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). He has also vied as an independent candidate for the Sudan presidential elections in 2010. The man of great international achievements, Kamil Idris, attained his Ph.D. in International law from Geneva University and is a holder of LLB honors from the University of Khartoum. He has several other doctoral law degrees from 19 other universities.
Kamil Idris became the third serving director general for WIPO from 1982 and was reappointed in 2003 to serve a second term which expired in 2008. Before this, he had served inside the United Nations in Sudan where he acquired his proficiency. At the united nations, he was part of an African Union group that was in charge of dealing with issues affecting transportation of goods within countries. In his vast understanding of intellectual property, professor Kamil was in a position to elucidate how a country’s intellectual growth solely depends on the rules made to protect IP.
In his message on world intellectual property day, He argues that without IP rights, technologies created to counter problems affecting developing countries would never be known. Kamil says that even things like sports that unite humanity and create entertainment would never be broadcasted in homes worldwide. Having worked in the role of director general for WIPO, he was determined to use intellectual property as a way of spreading the power of creativity so that every individual regardless of their country or community would share in enjoying the fruits of innovation.
The Sudanese statesman supports the idea of making laws that give inventors of something the exclusive right to use it. According to his articles, Kamil thinks that this would promote creativity and economic growth. He mentions the weight of Intellectual property by pointing out the ongoing trade war between China and the United States. The two giants are at loggerheads because Chinese manufacturers took ideas from manufacturers in the US creating mimic goods and are selling them globally at lower prices forcing the original products out of the market. For this reason, the US under the trump administration wants to impose very high tariffs on Chinese exports to propel the Chinese government towards setting their IP protections.