Why is World Intellectual Property Day Important: Kamil Idris Details the Implications

One of the fastest growing trends these days is World Intellectual Property Day. Ever since its debut more than seven years ago, more and more institutions and governments are uniting with WIPO in the yearly April 26 festivities.

If you are unfamiliar with what makes intellectual property so special, then this article is for you. You may wonder, how does the operations of copyrights, trademarks, and patents link together with the larger problems we need to fix. Things such as climate change. Truth is, if we didn’t have intellectual property rights, most of the latest technologies created to solve the problem of climate change and other issues wouldn’t ever see the light of day.

The festivities of World Intellectual Property Day don’t only involve the great potentials of human ingenuity, but additionally, the intellectual property rights that support the energy it took to make it, showing how critical of a power it is for pushing financial, global and social progress.

The creativity of humankind has driven us from the creation of the initial wheel, to smooth airplanes and the most recent invention of green energy engineering. It has guided us all the way from the world of cave paintings, to the industrial revolution, and on to machine learning. It has granted us enhancements in technology that let pole-vaulters rise to their full potential, and allow millions of average people the ability to achieve a level of health and wellness that would have never been possible just a couple lifetimes ago. WIPO is devoted to employing the uses of intellectual property as a way of gathering and expanding the strength of human ingenuity and invention so the residents of all nations, and each community, are able to share in the fruits of their labor.

Born and raised in Sudan, he has experience as a diplomat and an international civil servant. He finished school with LLB honors at the University of Khartoum. At the Geneva University, he obtained a PhD in international law.

As a representative of the International Law Commission of the United Nations, Kamil Idris has released several publications on problems of intellectual property, development, and international law.



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