The Internet has allowed individuals to become more connected today than at any other point in the past. The process of greater interconnectedness amongst individuals around the world has been referred to as globalization. There are a number of great benefits that have been realized as a result of globalization; however, there are some pitfalls associated with the process. Professor Kamil Idris has been tapped as a correspondent on the potential issues that could arise with the increasing globalization that is occurring in today’s age.
The development of technology around the world has helped to create a more even playing field between the differing levels of development of nations. The increasingly globalized economy has required further innovation from every nation around the world. Globalization itself continues to act as a fuel for the development of new technology and ideas. However, this raises some questions as to the ownership of ideas. The field of intellectual property laws is important to understand as globalization continues to increase. It is important to protect the ideas of individuals while not putting a dampening on the creative output of the world.
Professor Kamil Idris has served as the director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is an organization that is based out of Geneva Switzerland. The organization is in charge of creating international laws that help to protect the ideas of individuals and corporations in the form of patents around the world. As the rate of globalization increases so does the rate of patents. Professor Kamil Idris has commented on various issues regarding copyright law over his career.
The issue of counterfeiting and piracy has risen to the forefront of intellectual property law as a result of the Internet. The Internet has allowed the free distribution of digital content in a manner that has never been possible before. Professor Kamil Idris believes that there is a great need for more resources in the field of human resources and intellectual-property capacity. He states that even in the world’s most developed nations there are people waiting in line at patent offices as they lack the resources to handle the flow of information. The lack of resources is, even more, pressing in the developing world. This has led to some countries falling even further behind.