Professor Kamil Idris on Intellectual Property and Trade with China

Professor Kamil Idris serves as the Director General for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Idris’ position as Director General leaves him uniquely qualified to offer his opinion on current strategies to protect intellectual property rights as well as how these efforts may effect future trade with China.

 

Intellectual property and globalization are inherently linked according to Professor Idris. The transfer of intellectual property across borders is a benefit of globalization that is one of the driving factors of worldwide economic growth. However, Professor Idris cautions that while the transfer of intellectual property across borders is a positive aspect of globalization, there are dangers associated with such benefits, such as piracy and counterfeiting. Furthermore, increasing activity has created a long wait or patents to be approved which increases the risk of piracy and counterfeiting in the interim. In Professor Idris’ opinion the World Intellectual Property Organization recognizes these threats and has spearheaded the adoption of the measures such as the WIPO Copyright Treaty in an effort to combat this growing problem.

The trade policy of the United States is currently taking aim at at China as one of the greatest sources of intellectual property theft according to Professor Idris. In Professor Idris’ opinion a great number of companies in the Untied States have fallen victim to Chinese intellectual property theft schemes within China. For example, the Chinese government turns a blind eye to the counterfeiting of luxury goods, costing American manufacturers untold millions of lost revenue. Professor Idris believes that the Trump administration has enacted tariffs against Chinese products to reflect the amount of revenue lost by American manufacturers due to the inability or unwillingness of the Chinese Government to recognize and protect the intellectual property rights of American companies. Professor Idris concludes that these tariffs are President Trump fulfilling a campaign promise to combat Chinese intellectual property theft. While these tariffs have the potential to lead to a trade war, Professor Idris believes that they likely will not, and are necessary to combat Chinese intellectual property theft.

OSI Industries and Global Increase

Presently, the OSI Industries forms one of the top companies supplying food solutions in the world. The company has 65 facilities in 17 countries with 20,000 employees. The company has grown from a humble background to become the world’s largest food providers. OSI Industries is a company that keeps growing in the ever-evolving story of the modern globalized market. The company’s history can be traced back to the American immigrant experience. This large Germany immigrant population made the city to become an industrious one as well as an entry point for Germany immigrants who were still coming to America. Otto Kolschowsky was among the many Germany immigrants who were staying in Chicago.

The Germany immigrant by the name Otto Kolschowsky started a small business in Chicago, Illinois. The small business was a retail meat market and butcher shop. The retail shop was serving the Germany immigrants within his community. After the first decade of being in business, the retail shop grew and became more successful to become a wholesale. This growth in business prompted Otto to enlarge his operations to Chicago’s Maywood suburb. The retail store was more successful in the following decade from a family-based business to be named Otto & Sons in 1928.

Ray Kroc came up with the earliest restaurant for McDonald’s in Illinois’ Des Plaines in 1955. Before the restaurant came into existence, Otto & Sons and Ray had an arrangement. The agreement was that the Otto & Sons were to supply beef products to the restaurant. As the McDonald started growing, Otto & Sons was increasing too hence Otto & Sons becoming a global organization called OSI Industries.

The OSI Industries has been putting more attention to foreign and domestic expansion in the past five years. Since the 1970s when Sheldon Lavin joined the company, he has been fueling and directing the first and continued international expansion. The current acquisitions and purchases will see the company enlarge its productivity. For instance, in 2017, the OSI Industries bought Chicago’s former Tyson Food Plant. This plant offers more space for OSI to expand its production for customers from North America. In addition to this, OSI also in 2016 acquired Flagship Europe to expand its reach across the United Kingdom as well as other European parts. Lately, Flagship Europe received a new name of Creative Foods Europe to define the capabilities of the company better. According to Creative Food Europe said the acquisition of his company by OSI would help the company to improve its position in the market arena.

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