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Kamil Idris and the changes technology creates in globalization

In the article titled Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, with Kamil Idris on the pitfalls of Globalization by Heidi Harris, 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 a vague area 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.

Dr. Kamil Idris, is the former director of the WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. He argues that globalization drives exports, making in a key process of the modern world. During this time, however, the large amount of patents have grown. This has opened new doors around 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 the IRP, and its guidelines. The Dr. brought this to attention of the world via Intellectual Property Day on April 26.

The WTO is now looking to reshape agreements that address the changes that are occuring in the digital sphere. 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. 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.

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