Professor Kamil Idris is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and served as the director of the World Intellectual Property Organization for 21 years, from 1997 to 2008. Currently, he is still very concerned with intellectual property laws worldwide. Kamil Idris says that the main cause of the current trade war between the United States and China. There are four main kinds of intellectual property: copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. These forms of intellectual property protection grant the exclusive right of use of a concept to the individual or business who created it.
The world is evolving, but the importance of intellectual property is staying the same. Experts say that intellectual property is likely to continue to be an important concept in the future, and that new laws are likely to surface to protect new kinds of intellectual property. Ideas are currently being copyrighted when the actual design isn’t even started yet – for example, Amazon’s monopoly on drones with advanced artificial intelligence. Patent registration in the European Union is, however, particularly difficult. It’s controlled by the European Patent Office, and they face language barriers while protecting the intellectual property of those who have registered patents. WIPO was created by the United Nations in response to intellectual property concerns, and it facilitates collaborations between countries, in addition to hosting Intellectual Property Day to bring attention to IP-related issues.
Recently, in 2016, a new directive relating to trade secrets was signed into law by the European Council and the European Parliament. It also focuses on helping Europe have fewer issues relating to language barriers and aims to centralize trade secret laws in Europe. This directive is helping companies with important trade secrets perform as they need to in the international market. Idris believes that the USA, Brazil, Germany, and Singapore all do well in protecting intellectual property, and they can all learn from each other.
As a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which was established in 1899 at the First Hague Peace Conference, Idris presides over important issues related to arbitration and helps resolve international disputes, particularly those related to intellectual property issues. He has made many achievements internationally, and currently assists many important companies in issues related to intellectual property, and dedicates himself to international peacekeeping and cooperation. He particularly appreciates the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)’s system, as it is always growing and changing.