Everyone wants to create something new. It is one of the fundamental parts of being human. This may translate as art, or as a new technological marvel, but the end result will be something novel. However, protecting these new ideas is just as paramount as having them, as if anyone can claim your invention as your own, what is the point? Dr. Kamil Idris, director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization, recently had an interview with VentureOutsource.com on this topic, with the doctor explaining her thoughts on it, as well as the importance of intellectual property and it’s protection on a global scale.
A little background on Dr. Idris first. Dr. Idris received his PhD in international law Switzerland’s University of Geneva and has obtained honorary law degrees on the level of doctorates from over 15 universities worldwide. He is and has been a member of the International Law Commision of the United Nations. He has published many books on international law as well as it’s development as well as intellectual property.
VentureOutsource begins the interview with a questions of the impact of globalization in major companies, as well as outsourcing. New Patent systems in order to stimulate local economies is paramount within the United States as we attempt to bring more business to within our own borders. Dr. Idris begins with a general statement that intellectual property is key to stimulating an economy with new ideas and technologies, and its importance translates across borders. Dr. Idris says that globalization has called intellectual pitfalls in the form of piracy and counterfeiting. A good example of this would be movies, as it seems more and more that as soon as a new movie hits theatre, or even before, pirated or bootlegged copies find their way onto the internet.
The next question is in regards to patent enforceability, and its lack of uniformity on a global scale. Dr. Idris responds that the TRIPS Agreement (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) has created a standard in enforcing intellectual property laws. These laws do allow for a country to inject its own laws as well, providing some flexibility while maintaining a sense of uniformity as well. Dr. Idris says that any form of complete uniformity when it comes to enforceability is highly unlikely in the future, but that many rapidly developing implement more and more of the regulations into their own enforcement policies.