Director General Kamil Idris Celebrates Intellectual Property Day

The World Intellectual Property Day is coming up, and it’s truly something to celebrate. According to Professor Kamil Idris, the former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, it’s worthy of its own holiday.

“On World Intellectual Property Day, we pay tribute to the inventors and artists, great and small, who enrich our existence with the fruits of their innovative thoughts and creative vision.” Stated Professor Idris.

This special day was launched eight years ago, and every successive year it’s grown more popular. Many of you might be wondering why this topic is so special. Yes, copyright law and patents can be dull on the surface. But, when you step back and take a look at the big picture, the topic of intellectual property is fascinating, and worthy of a celebration. Here are a few reasons why this day is so special.

Assigning intellectual property rights spurs innovation in technologies that help the human race, and our planet. Without these rights, many inventors, intellectuals, and artists would no longer feel compelled to create new things that benefit us all.

Artists, scientists, and other creatives deserve to be paid for their work, otherwise it will never get done. Imagine a dull, gray world devoid of creativity. Without strong intellectual property rights, that nightmare could happen.

It’s easy to say that intellectual property rights only effect big artistic or scientific endeavors, but you’d be wrong. Everyday life would change for the worse without legislation protecting and promoting intellectual property. The vacuum cleaner you use is a result of intellectual property laws. Sports fans enjoy more competitive tennis matches due to changes in racket technology. Heck, getting to and from work in your car more efficiently happens because of strong intellectual property laws.

The World Association of Sustained Development brings experts from around the world together to advance science and technology in service to the planet. Fostering communication and facilitating sustainable development activities benefits us all, and the WASD reduces the knowledge gap between wealthier nations and poorer ones.


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