Professor Kamil Idris is a Sudanese who was a former diplomat, an international civil servant and the president of The International Court of Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM). He has previously served World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the Director-General from 1997-2008. Professor Kamil had this to say: World intellectual property day which was launched 8years ago is becoming popular very fast as various governments and organizations are joining WIPO on 26th April for its annual celebration. A normal person would wonder why too much effort is being put into the intellectual property. Does it help solve big issues like global warming? Or perhaps it spices up life like watching the favorite performance at the Olympics? It all narrows down to a simple yes. If there were no intellectual property rights, then most technologies developed to solve global problems would never come to light, and all the unity that exists and the entertainment that results from sports would not be possibly broadcasted to people’s homes.
The whole point of world intellectual property day is to not only celebrate the creative minds but also the intellectual property rights that support the creativity making it an important driving force for developing socially, culturally and economically. The human inventiveness has made us advance from the first wheel to air travel and now the clean fuel technologies. It has moved humans from drawing on cave walls in the ancient days to print media and now the internet that makes the world look like a small village, accessible by anyone anywhere. Talking of technical advances, the human ingenuity has allowed higher soaring by pole-vaulters, further shooting by footballers and general well-being of millions of people.
WIPO is devoted to harness and spread human inventiveness and creativity by using intellectual property so as to benefit people from every community in every country. Therefore the World Intellectual Property Day is a day to pay homage to the artists, inventors and all other innovative and creative people who enrich the human existent. A day to remember that their intellectual property rights should be admired, protected and respected.