As the former director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Kamil Idris had a lot to say about the skyrocketing in the number of patents filed across the world.
The WIPO, which is a global organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, was a predecessor to the International Union for the Protection of Industrial property or (Paris Union). The WIPO was created in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1967. The Paris Union was established based on the Paris Convention in 1883. In 1886, the Bern Convention helped established the Bern Union, which introduced the International Union for the protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
In this current age of high technology and the increase in the number of advanced technology companies over the years, Dr. Idris has given reports on topics like counterfeiting, and privacy. Idris has addressed the issue about the considerable amount of patents that he noticed had made Intellectual Property Rights in today’s time, very slow, and ambiguous based on how new technology is changing the world of Intellectual Property.
Kamil Idris has addressed issues like counterfeiting and piracy. Dr. Idris has also discussed the number of challenges that involve the current Intellectual Property (IP) laws in this age. Dr. Idris also emphasized that it is imperative to prioritize additional attention and resources on training and developing more human resources when it comes to handling Intellectual Property.
It is imperative that more resources and staff are needed to address these IP issues and the plethora of patent applications that are not being reviewed by developing countries due to the lack of patent processing because of the lack of staff to handle the issue.
And these developing nations are running into a bottleneck in patent processing, internationally, concerning the area of IP processing and patent applications. These lack of resources and training about IP means that developing nations are falling behind at a time when technology is being advocated as an equalizer for those developing nations.
As a Sundanese national, Dr. Kamil Idris believes that the WIPO can allocate affordable and efficient services, by providing assistance with this patent approval process.
Based on a report about Intellectual Property Protection in Africa by the African Center for Technology Studies, it was noted that there was only two percent of patent applications of African origin. The most substantial percentages of patent applications originated in Europe and North America.