Kamil Idris and the Importance of Intellectual Property


Each year since its inception, more and more organizations and governments celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. WIPO launched 8 years ago and is celebrated on April 26. While many people may not realize just how important intellectual property is, but without it, the world wouldn’t have a lot of the technology and entertainment that it does today. The former director of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Professor Kamil Idris, wants the world to know about how intellectual property rights effects things globally.

According to Professor Kamil Idris, World Intellectual Property Day is a celebration of the intellectual property rights that help drive the creativity of people. These property rights drive the economy around the world and encourage the social and cultural development of the human race.

Human ingenuity and creativity have led to the development of everything from the wheel to the rockets that propel humans into space. As a species, humans have gone from drawing on the walls of caves to publishing our thoughts and ideas on the internet. With the internet allowing the sharing of ideas and creations so easily, intellectual property laws are absolutely more important than they ever have been.

Professor Kamil Idris is a national of Sudan. He has previously served as both an international civil servant and diplomat. Currently, he serves as the president of the World Association for Sustainable Development. The WASD network includes policy makers, consultants, employers, and educators from around the globe. This network was built in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas, experience, and knowledge that could be used to overcome the challenges and developments that are occurring today.

From 1997 to 2008, Professor Kamil Idris served the WIPO as their Director General and has been published several times concerning intellectual property laws. While he may have earned his Ph.D. from Geneva University in Switzerland in international law, he is also the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates.