Kamil Idris on the EU’s Intellectual Property Rights

Kamil Idris is an international law expert. From a young age education became an important aspect of Idris’ life. His passion to learn and interest in international law has caused Idris to have quite the educational resume. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cairo; a law degree from the University of Khartoum; he studied public administration at the Institute of Public Administration Khartoum; a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Ohio; and, his PhD from the University of Geneva in international law. In addition to his formal education, Kamil Idris has earned 19 honorary doctorate law degrees from universities around the world.


Not only does Kamil Idris have an impressive educational history, but also a remarkable work history. Throughout his career, Idris has served in a number of leadership roles including: President at The International Court of Arbitration and Mediation; Director General at the World of Intellectual Property Organization; Secretary-General at the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants; President of the World Arbitration and Mediation Court; and a professor of law.


Intellectual property rights have been a notorious topic of conversation in the political and legal environment for quite some time. Kamil Idris’ expertise in both international law and intellectual property rights give him the qualifications to give powerful insights on the topic.


Kamil Idris recently posted a blog describing the current laws surrounding the rights individuals hold when it comes to their intellectual property. As it stands, there are four main types of intellectual property which are trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights. In essence, these rights give the business or individual who created something the exclusive rights to it. There are two main goals when it comes to intellectual property rights; first, is to give entrepreneurs a reason to be innovative with their creations; and two, to aid in the promotion of economic growth.


The issue of intellectual property isn’t going anywhere in the near future. In fact, the European Union has set up a government bureau, the Unified Patent Court, that deals solely with patents. Filing a patent in the European Union has proved to be a challenging task; one reason it is so challenging is because The European Patent office (EPO) has to translate the pending patents into roughly 24 different languages. Another challenge the EPO faces is people, outside of the EU, who steal and produce EU patented ideas.


The stealing and production of patented ideas is perhaps the biggest challenged to intellectual property rights. It will likely not get better until countries step up and take a stand to ensure their entrepreneurs are being protected.


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