Professor Kamil Idris recently unraveled President Trump’s decision to slam harsh customs duties on Chinese goods. This decision is exact retribution on China for alleged gross violations of Intellectual Property (IP). IP has to do with creative ideas generated by the human mind such as trade secrets, business names, brands and services. Trump’s decision could commence a trade war between China and The United States according to some state relations and business experts.
China is accused of encouraging cyber-attacks on American businesses to steal trade secrets and manufacturing imitations of products owned by Americans. China also puts pressure on foreign firms to pass their technology to Chinese firms in order to access their local market. These practices give the country an unfair advantage in international trade while resulting in massive loses in the American economy.
Kamil Idris defends the actions taken by the Trump administration and points out that the American constitution allows the President to enforce economic sanctions against nations that do not pledge to safeguard IP. China purportedly has a habit of getting into agreements with the United States to take adequate measures in protecting IP rights, but it neglects these agreements. Trump’s government has decided to opt out of hoping for a diplomatic solution and instead chose to focus on using taxes to pressure China to honor their trade and IP agreement.
Professor Kamil Idris has devoted most of his career to promoting and safeguarding IP. He urges everyone to recognize the need for celebrating human creativity, innovations and honoring the owners of these ideas on April 26 which is the World Intellectual Property Day. Kamil notes that in the absence of IP rights, latest technologies created to solve global challenges would be a remain undeveloped.
Kamil Idris is a Sudanese author and commentator of IP matters. He is also an expert in International law having attained a PhD from Geneva University. He attended the University of Khartoum for his undergraduate law studies and has several honorary doctorate law degrees. The professor is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration which offers a peaceful resolution of international conflict.