In March 2018, US President Donald Trump announced new tariffs targeting china’s unfair acquisition of U.S technology. According to a 2017 report by the United States Trade Representative’s, China steals American IPs, costing the US anything from $225 to $600 billion every year.
Of all the tariffs, those imposed on IP theft remain to be the most stringent, but Trump intends to impose them on imports from China totaling $50 billion, to serve as a punishment. According to the US, China violates the US intellectual property such as counterfeiting certain popular brands and products, stealing trade secrets, and also pestering certain businesses to share their technology with some firms from China. This is so that they can also penetrate the vast US market. Major international competitor businesses to China have long been whining of the intellectual property violations by China. As a result, major international companies have since ceased conducting business with Chinese companies. President Trump’s move comes at a point where former measures put in place to discourage China’s bad habit have not been tough enough.
Earlier on, it can be recalled that the president swore to impose a 25% and 10% tariff on steel and aluminum imports respectively. However, the current tariff does not apply to countries like Canada and Mexico, something that looks like a grace period for the countries to keep their houses clean. It is thought that the president is most likely to impose the sanction to other countries considered as US allies.
About Professor Kamil Idris
Professor Kamil Idris was born on 1956 August 26. The scholar is a Sudanese statesman as well as an international civil servant. You can recall him when he used to serve in the World Intellectual Property Organization as the director general from 1997 up until 2008 September. Before joining WIPO in 1982 December, the professor used to sit in the International Law Commission, from 1992 to 96.
UPOV has it that the professor first went to Khartoum University and he is a holder of an LLB. He also attended Cairo University and got a bachelor of arts in various disciplines like Economic Theories and Political Science. He later attended Ohio University where he received his Master in International Law and International Affairs and Graduate Institute of International Studies, the University of Geneva where he got his doctorate in international law amongst many academic qualifications.