In an article by Heidi Harris titled “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, with Kamil Idris on the pitfalls of Globalization”, the author talks about the changes linked to globalization and technology. Kamil Idris, the former director of the WIPO in Geneva, discusses how globalization has its pros. It is allowing for innovation, and with the help of globalization is driving exports. However, there are new grey areas created that center on the ownership of ideas and how to protect these. Intellectual property rights are important to protect innovation, but there is a growing issue in which wealthy countries and companies are able to control patent purchasing, while poorer countries are left behind. There also will likely be a growth in intellectual theft, piracy, and counterfeit movements. Idris feels that this gap will only grow as the globalization continues, and this is why there is a need for formal reforms to the international system. Currently, the World Trade Organization has recognized that changes need to be made to policy, and is looking hat was to tailor new Intellectual Property protection policies.
Kamil Idris has brought attention to this topic, not only from years of policy experience in this field, but also in the World Intellectual Property day, which is on the 26th of April. Another important level of changing policy, is the WIPO Copyright Treaty, which was first created and signed in 1887, in the Berne Conference in Switzerland. This treaty obligates all signing countries to protect intellectual property in the fields of science, literature, and arts, but will likely need to expand this more to the fields of digital materials. Another agreement, is the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of International Property. This is seen as the most comprehensive agreement to date, and is working to incite accountability amongst nations in the field of intellectual property. As the digital age progresses alongside globalization, the technological changes will likely reshape how lawmakers look at free markets and liberalization of information. Reform on international agreements needs to be the first step.