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Dr. Kamil Idris – Intellectual Property Champion

Dr. Kamil Idris studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Theories at the Cairo University in Egypt and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dr. Idris is a Sudanese who was born on August 26, 1954. He received his Masters from Ohio University in the United States in International Affairs and International Law. Later he graduated from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, the University of Geneva in Switzerland with a Doctorate in International Law. In May 1999 Dr. Idris was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Indira Gandhi National Open University in India awarded Dr. Kamil Idris an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2005.


Beginning in November 1997 to September 2008, he held the position of the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization. Dr. Kamil Idris is a worldwide civil servant and an intellectual scholar. He was the leader of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. After resigning from the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants he became the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization.


According to Dr. Kamil Idris, the exploration of new trade abroad for new and enhanced mechanization and merchandise have fueled globalization. Because of this exploration, the number of worldwide patent applications has boomed, putting more pressure on many patent offices around the globe. The extra workload at some patent offices in most cases has grown faster than their ability for patent applications to be examined. An example of this growth would be if there were more than 900,000 patents in waiting in the United States of America in 2005, and the Japanese Patent Office had over 800,000 patents pending in the same year, then a vast amount of patent offices would feel pressurized.


The number of applications for the patent waiting to be examined is vastly different from one patent office to another. It is imperative that common ground is found within the worldwide community on how these bottlenecks can be overcome. Those using the system and are searching for efficient and cost-effective IP services, WIPO is forming a forum to discuss these issues.

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