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Threats posed by globalization to Intellectual Property according to Kamil Idris

Kamil Eltayeb Idris is a Sudanese national and scholar. He is known for being the head of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of plants and the director of World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO). In 2010, he vied for the Sudanese presidency.

The advent of globalization has merged issues like economic development due to technology. This has led to increasing innovations across the globe and accelerated economic growth and at the same time also posed new threats to the ownership of ideas. According to professor Kamil Idris, globalization has opened up international markets and increased the number of patents submitted from around the world. He raises concern that the digital age has led to piracy, backlog and counter fitting challenges when it comes to Intellectual Property Rights.


Kamil Idris observes that developing countries are discouraged from submitting their patents because the process is long and disorganized even for the developed countries. Lack of workforce and resources to organize the process means that patent applications pile up and prevent new beneficial technologies and innovations from seeing the light of day.


Professor Kamil Idris believes that many developing countries in Africa will stop lagging behind and start benefiting from wealth surrounding Intellectual property if they had adequate training and resources about Intellectual property. This will reduce the gap in development since foreign companies benefit from local skills and ideas without the wealth coming to the local people.


Globalization has posed a challenge of creating power imbalance between developed states and developing states in the views of Kamil Idris. The result of this imbalance is fake commodities finding their way into the market of developing nations. Developing countries lack consistent legal and policy regulations leaving them at the power of developed countries which influence trade agreements, copyrights, and trademarks.

Kamil Idris points out that the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty and celebrating the World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 are the right steps towards addressing the issues posed to Intellectual Property Rights and Regulations by globalization. They provide a forum for countries and organizations to come together and collaborate on Intellectual Property efforts. Intellectual Property Rights and Regulations play an enormous role in determining how nations benefit from Intellectual Property.