A summary of: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, with Kamil Idris on the pitfalls of Globalization
Dr. Kamil Idris, is the former director of the WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. He believes that globalization drives exports, making it a key process in the modern world. During this time, however, the amount of patents has grown. This has opened new doors centered on counterfeiting and piracy, and is reshaping how countries may look at affairs. The majority of countries have benefited from patent protection, but developing countries, mainly in Africa, have fallen behind. Dr. Idris believes the way to stop this gap is tailoring intellectual property protections. The Dr. brought this to attention of the world via Intellectual Property Day on April 26th.
In the article titled Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, with Kamil Idris on the pitfalls of Globalization by Heidi Harris, the author discusses the issue of globalization in the age of technology. The author argues that globalization is changing the rules of international affairs; it allows for innovation but also has created many grey areas around the ownership of ideas. Intellectual property is an important to protect the changing innovation, but has also created disparity between the wealthier countries that can afford more patents, and developing countries that may be left behind. Some countries have more resources, allowing them to get ahead in the intellectual property domain.
The World Trade Organization has recognized the need for reform and is looking at ways to change current agreements to protect intellectual property more than before. The WIPO copyright treaty was created during the Berne Convention in 1887, and has served as a framework for protections in science, literature, and art. This agreement states that every country that signs it has an obligation to protection all intellectual property, and will likely need reform for the changing field. The Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property has also looked to tackle this, as it is called the most comprehensive multilateral agreement to date. However, the author argues that laws and agreements need to be created that will not only protect Intellectual Property, but create safety nets, as technology may begin to change how we look at politics.