Professor Kamil Idris received his international law degree from Geneva University in Switzerland; additionally, 19 universities from around the world have given Professor Kamil Idris honorary doctorate law degrees. From 1997 until 2008, he served as the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of Plant and Varieties. Idris currently serves as a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. His many experience within these organizations, along with his international law degree, have given Professor Idris a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to intellectual property rights.
Intellectual property rights have been a recent political hot topic and Professor Kamil Idris recently shed some light on the topic. For decades Chinese manufacturers have taken ideas from entrepreneurs in the United States, and other countries in the Western world, and sold them at a fraction of the price. Ultimately, this has caused a number of business to have to shut down, simply because, even though it was their idea to begin with, they were unable to compete with the Chinese manufactures. However, recently President Trump has made it a point that this can no longer happen, something has to change.
In hopes of fixing, or at least helping this problem, the Trump Administration wants to put tariffs on Chinese exports. The plan is to have these tariffs in place until the Chinese government feels enough pressure to create their own intellectual property laws and protection. While some argue that this sounds like a good plan, there are others who argue the opposite.
Some people argue that, while, yes, the Chinese need to feel economic pressure, the Trump Administration is going about it in the wrong way. Others argue that the Chinese were caught off guard by President Trump’s plan and caused them to worry enough that they might take action. Still, others make the argument that the Trump Administration needs to do more.
No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, according to Professor Kamil Idris, it does appear that the issue of intellectual property rights is, slowly but surely, improving.