Recently, social media giant Facebook took on a collaborative project with the Chinese government. The eventually unsuccessful project centered around the creation of a photo sharing app. Even though the app was not overly popular, the development required Facebook to reveal some of its operational information to the Chinese. This peek at U.S. trade secrets represents a global problem currently building up steam. According to Professor Kamil Idris this problem is at the heart of the new challenges globalization presents the world. Situations like these are the causation of piracy and counterfeiting that attack one side of globalization, and purchase restriction of patent policies attacking the other. The only way international connectivity has a chance to survive, is if the IP infrastructure worldwide gets a huge boost.
Professor Idris is President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation. Professor Idris is a Sudanese national and international expert in the realm of globalization. He has authored many books on Intellectual property and international law. His belief is that a stronger IP infrastructure developed in every nation worldwide is key to providing protection for theft. He also believes that developing regulation for globalization will allow ideas to be shared, and countries both big and small to participate in the high-tech market. Globalization allows for innovation to be shared between countries or fostered in collaborative effort. Uniting the best minds in the world has untold possibilities but graft and stealing cancel such possibilities out.
China specifically has been called on the carpet for the theft of American intellectual property. The riff between the two nations has grown as more and more cases have been reported. The New York Times placed the amount of money the U.S. loses in intellectual property theft upwards of $600 million dollars. This is why a righter infrastructure is needed, to protect the interests and profits of a nation’s innovation. Ideas should be shard, but in Professor Idris’s mind this sharing needs to be well thought out and regulated.