As intellectual property law continues to develop and increase, governments, businesses and universities are taking a more active role in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day.
Intellectual property is an area of the law that handles protecting the rights of those who generate original works, such as ideas and inventions. Intellectual property involves patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Dr. Kamil Idris, a Sudanese statesman, scholar and past Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, (WIPO) wrote about how the introduction of the Internet; knowledge and innovation becoming apparent; increasing connections of nations from global commerce as well as advances in science and technology have had an intense result on all facets of intellectual property.
Dr. Idris called attention to how individuals, small to large businesses, colleges and other institutions can compete more proficiently in the global marketplace by making the most of intellectual property. He also mentioned intellectual property can be employed as a power tool to help build sustainable financially viable growth.
WIPO designed a yearly event, called World Intellectual Property Day, to be held on April 26. Tackling the issue of increasing awareness and knowledge of intellectual property, the day’s activities take in public performances and essay competitions for younger people that center on piracy, counterfeiting and other issues.
In addition, free lectures take place at universities while exhibits occur in museums, art galleries and more.
While past themes for the annual event included Designing the Future and Promoting Green Innovation, this year’s focus will be on Powering Change: Women in Innovation & Creativity.
Dr. Idris has operated as an attorney and advocate for Oaths and as a professor of International Law and Ambassador in the Sudanese Foreign Service. He also was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission.
His education includes Master Degrees in International Law and International Affairs from the University of Ohio and a Doctorate in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from Khartoum University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Theories from Cairo University.
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