Dr. Kamil Idris is the current President of International Court of Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM). He is also the former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). His specialty is globalization, the high-tech phenomena that is sweeping the earth. As technology better connects the world at large, and ideas and innovations begin to be shared, many issues regarding intellectual property (IP) are going to take focus. Some already have, and according to Dr. Idris something has to be done before it gets a lot worse.
What Dr. Idris speaks of is the theft of IP. As information becomes shared on a global scale the danger in a nation’s intellectual property being ripped off by another is growing. It was reported by the New York Times that China is at fault for the majority of $600 billion dollars of U.S. intellectual property a year. This comes from U.S. trade secrets being made available to the Chinese through business acquisitions, or collaborative effort between U.S. companies and Chinese companies that force the U.S. companies to share technology. President Trump blocked the acquisition of Qualcomm by China because it would have revealed U.S. trade secrets.
Dr. Idris believes that globalization is a necessary. It unites the world, allows nations to collaborate with one another, share ideas, share technology, and better the world around them. But before such advantages can be enjoyed, the safety and security of those ideas needs to be locked down. This is why Dr. Idris advocates for a beefed-up IP infrastructure. To accommodate the span of globalization but protect the nations involved in it, IP laws and infrastructure need to have a more primary focus. This means restrictive policy that protects national property but allows the sharing of ideas, better tech to protect those ideas, better foundation of IP laws internationally, and trained individuals who carry all of this out. Also, IP need a checks and balances system to protect both small and large countries so they can operate with the same advantages.