Kamil Idris, a Sudanese national who has vied for the Sudanese presidential seat as an independent candidate once, is a vocal intellectual property rights activist. In a recent article on Medium, he has talked about the United States and China’s Feud over IP rights. The professor expatiates about how the US under Trump administration has slapped China with very high tariffs as a punishment for their unfair technology acquisitions.
China’s intolerant procuring of US intellectual property in the form of stealing trade secrets, counterfeiting goods by US manufacturers and exerting so much pressure on them to share their technologies to access the Chinese markets has been a blow to the States and Trump had to address the issue. The US manufacturers are being forced out of the markets worldwide because China is selling their counterfeit products at distressingly low prices as compared to the originals. Because of all these, President Trump who has the power to inflict and authorize trade permits according to section 301, has announced new customs duties and most US allies are dissatisfied. According to Kamil, this could cause a trade war between the trade giants because these tariffs raise chances of slower economic growth.
Professor Kamil Idris explains that anything that is developed or created by the mind is intellectual property and needs to be protected by using trademarks, patents and copyrights. He adds that this is the only way the original creators of something will earn the kind of recognition they deserve and get commercial benefits for their creations. Kamil argues that if the USA had protected their foreign products a hundred years ago, their manufacturers wouldn’t be frustrated with no markets for their original production.
The Scholar is a law graduate from the University of Khartoum and holds a master’s in international law from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He has other doctorate degrees from 19 different universities and has served in the United Nations office, Sudanese branch. Kamil Idris’ interest in intellectual property rights activism has built up all the while he has worked as the director general for the World Intellectual property organization (WIPO) and had to moderate WIPO’s attempts to protect intellectual property.