Kamil Indris — International Expert on Intellectual Property Rights

A Sudanese national, Dr. Kamil Eltayeb Idris is a renowned scholar in the field of intellectual property. Idris earned a Bachelor of Law degree from Khartoum University, Sudan. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Theories from Cairo University, Egypt. He went on to earn his Master in International Law and International Affairs degree from Ohio University, United States as well as a Doctorate in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. In 1982 Idris joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He served as Director General of WIPO from 1997 to 2008.


One might ask what is the driving force behind Kamil Indris’ passionate interest in this field of study. It is Dr. Indris’ belief that without attention being paid to intellectual property rights, many of the technological wonders that are part of our world in the 21st century would never have seen the light of day. Dr. Indris would attest to the fact that intellectual property rights have taken on a new importance in human life in recent history. He names four key factors that have contributed to this: international commerce driving interdependence among nations of the world, information and innovation becoming main drivers of economic development, incredible advances in science and technology, and lastly, but surely not least, the advent of the Internet.


Recently, VentureOutsource.com caught up with Kamil Idris for an interview to discuss his views on the current state of affairs and the projected future of intellectual property rights worldwide (see: “WIPO’s Kamil Idris on protecting intellectual property rights” https://www.ventureoutsource.com/contract-manufacturing/wipos-kamil-idris-on-protecting-intellectual-property-rights/ ). In the interview, Dr. Idris makes the point for the importance of international frameworks and protocols regarding the protection of intellectual property rights. At the same time, however, he speaks of the need to understand the unique needs and situations as they unfold in individual countries that are, intrinsically, part of the world body.

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