Kamil Idris is the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties. Kamil Idris is well-educated, having graduated from prominent educational institutions and obtaining the following degrees:
- University of Geneva (Switzerland): Doctor of International Law
- University of Ohio (U.S.): Master’s in International Law and Affairs
- University of Khartoum (Sudan): Bachelor of Law, Arts, and Philosophy
- Political University of Cairo (Egypt): Doctor of Science and Economic Theories
Kamil Idris has had an extremely successful career in a variety of international placeholder positions that has helped steer the wheel of history and into the future:
- Commissioner and Legal Representative for Oaths;
- Ambassador in the Sudanese Foreign Service;
- Sudan Representative to the United Nations;
- Spokesman and Coordinator of the UN’s Group of 77;
Dr. Idris talks about his main concern about copyright piracy and the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods, as a global threat. For these reasons, Kamil Idris states that the WIPO is addressing this social, humane, and economic entanglements at varying levels.
The WIPO has created Treaties involving copyright, phonograms, and performance regulations which provides protective rights for owners of any copyrighted materials in the digital environment. WIPO has also established an advisory enforcement forum which offers an environment where a coordination of enforcement procedures is fostered.
WIPO offers training programs for entities that are more likely to come into contact with copyright and IP infringement issues. For example, the training workshops are open to international intellectual property rights users, custom officials, and court-appointed administrators.
Kamil Idris reminds businesses that WIPO has limited IP enforcement regulations, therefore it is up to companies to perform their own legal due diligence in selecting who they partner with and how they draw up agreements.
WIPO however has recently initiated TRIPS (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) which is designed to be placed into contracting party contracts and agreement as a model for protecting IP enforcement standards.
Dr. Idris further talks about WIPO whose membership body represents 184 countries. Representatives come together in a unison and multi-lateral forum to discuss IP concerns in an ever evolving and complicated high-tech and political environment.