In the article “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, with Kamil Idris on the pitfalls of Globalization” by Heidi Harris, the author talks about the growing impact of technology on globalism. She acknowledges that the tech boom has allowed for innovation, but it has also created new challenges about the ownership of ideas. This has put a new emphasis on the protection of intellectual property, which is important. However, this has also allowed countries with greater power and wealth to run the markets, while poorer countries do not have the resources to do so.
Kamil Idris, who is the former director of the WIPO in Geneva, has spent time working on intellectual laws, and protecting property rights. He feels that globalism has driven exports, and technology has only made this growth more dramatic. In this era, the rise of piracy and intellectual theft will grow. Along with this growth in exports, the creation and sales of patents has grown, and this has caused growing disparity between wealthy countries that buy up all the patents, and others that cannot afford to do so (mainly in Africa). Currently the WTO has acknlowedged the grey areas that the tech boom has created, and is working to create new regulations and reforms that look to tailor intellectual property protections.
Idris has worked to bring attention to these growing ideas through the World Intellectual Property Day, which is on the 26th of April. Along with this, the WIPO Copyright Treaty is also important but needs reform. This old agreement, was signed during the Berne Convention in 1887, and looks to protect intellectual ideas amongst the fields of art, literature, and science. This agreement holds its signing members accountable, but likely needs to get into the sphere of digital protections. Another agreement, which is considered the most comprehensive to date, is the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property. This agreement has recognized the need for regulations on patents and intellectual property, and demonstrates that proper reforms are occurring. Reforms are needed, as technology is reshaping our ideas of free markets.
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