The story of Samer Ramadan

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The Emigrant Arabian Genius


He emigrated for study.. and becomes one of the most important inventors and investors

 in the area of photography  


   Samer Ramadan is a Lebanese young man. He emigrated, like other young men, looking for better opportunities. He achieved a great success and international accomplishments. He studied in the university of Oregon in the USA. He worked in many American companies, in which he occupied high positions for which he achieved a great success.
   Furthermore, he succeeded in creating a three-dimensional glasses with a new technique that makes vision more qualified in comparison with the present kinds. His invention constitutes a complete system which includes glasses, programs and a transformer for digital cameras, which allows taking three-dimensional photos and printing them at home. Therefore, he deserved one of the important scientific awards, Benny award, which equals the Oscar in film industry.

 
   It is nice that he had no desire to invest his invention in the USA. Instead, he decided to come back to Lebanon to establish his new company because he suffered a lot to protect his invention in Lebanon.
   Here, in this story, we come to know the story of an Arabian success, which was invested in the individual property and succeeded in overcoming the difficulties that confronts its owner. Consequently, he became one of the most important photographers of three-dimensional photos over the world. His company's sales covered 30 country in the last five years.

 
The first spark
   2002 was a crucial year for him. That year, he bought his son a three-dimensional glasses as a birthday present. His son asked him about the way in which these glasses work. He didn’t know how to answer his son. But he promised him to search for it. Actually, he started a long hard search which was the first spark for his invention.
   During his search, he found out that there are 12 ways for a three-dimensional view. He had studied some physics and optics at university. But none of these ways allowed a three-dimensional view by print.
   The way used by the inventor, Samer, is called 'anaglyph'; this term denotes to a filter of three dimensions of a bicolor spectrum, (sky-blue/red, blue/red, green/red, or blue/yellow). It is one of the oldest techniques used in three-dimensional view. Trying to invent a set of tools for this technique, he realized that the existing glasses give simple results in three-dimensional printing of a separate three-dimensional colored spectrum, red and blue or red and green.
   Samer bought all kinds of three-dimensional glasses in the world, which use this technique. After doing a research, he realized their inability of giving a standard real view, and he discovered the impact of daylight on the quality of what comes out of the three-dimensional view.


   Hence, the journey of searching for the proper spectrum for seeing conditions in daylight started, in view of the fact that our eyes are sensitive to light and they are affected immediately in daylight.
Arab's Archimedes
   Samer says: 'In May 2003, despair started sneaking into me. But coincidence played a big role in reaching to my first invention. That is, while I was revising two different spectra from two different labs, the phone rang. I left my lab to answer the phone. When I came back to evaluate the best spectrum, both of the lenses fell, mistakenly, over each other. Then I said: I found it. I discovered that the unity of the two lenses makes the three-dimensional view more perfect.
   Thus, I worked for additional three years for a perfect three-dimensional print, for which I won the Benny award, which equals the Oscar in film industry'.


   He adds: 'The invention which I achieved constitutes a complete system which includes glasses, programs and a transformer for digital cameras, which allows taking three-dimensional photos at home. You can print them on your own home digital printer.

 The programs are designed for testing a good printing of photos. This group which I invented won the reward of the week by 'Photo3-D 303 Kit' magazine. It was one of the best 40 product that year. CNN channel made a report about it, in addition to Time Magazine and many other international magazines, TV. channels and newspapers'.

   Samer wasn’t satisfied with producing and marketing his invention. He started producing a set of CDs and a special book talks about Lebanon containing three-dimensional photos about it. The book was the best sold product in Lebanon the last three years. Nowadays, Samer Ramadan is considered one of the most important photographers in the world concerning three-dimensional photos.

 

 

  Ramadan, the inventor, continues his story: 'I advanced a demand for a patent in the USA, as an American citizen because Lebanon didn’t sign on the Patent Cooperation Treaty.' This Lebanese inventor thinks that the patent issue comes with the advantage of big rich companies, so he says: 'It costs a lot to take a patent. It cost me over 140000$, to the extent that I paid all my savings which I saved during my work in the USA. I also sold my shares in one of the companies there.'
Back to Lebanon 
      It is nice that he had no desire to invest his invention in the USA. Instead, he decided to come back to Lebanon to establish his new company because he suffered a lot to protect his invention in Lebanon and many other Arab countries which didn’t sign on the PCT.
   Protecting his invention by PCT wasn’t arbitrary. It was based on a study of the identified market. He depended on a study of suing digital cameras in the world. Especially that the tools which he made were designed for that kind of cameras. His sales covered 30 country in the last five years. His main customers are from America, Italy, France, Australia, UAE and Lebanon.

 


 

 

   Ramadan emphasizes the necessity of spreading the culture of invention in the Arab World and correcting the mistaken conceptions. That is, most of the people think that protecting the patent is extended worldwide, but this is a common mistake because the patent is a national document that protects only in the country which issues it. 
Other inventions
   The inventor Samer has other inventions. He demanded a patent by PCT for his invention 'Haj Mabrour' (a blessed pilgrimage). It includes 143 country. This invention is a kind of  a unique software for automatic productions. He has some other inventions which he doesn’t want to invest at present. Samer shows his sadness because he is unable to produce his invention as an Arab Lebanese citizen, but as an American one, due to the fact that Lebanon didn’t sign the PCT.
   People are advised to search intensively in international patent banks because they are an important source of inspiration. (The mere revision of the inventions of others, sometimes, is a source of inspiration and invention. That is, the spread inventions help others to be creative and give them better ideas.)
  

At present, Samer is a successful businessman because of investing his invention which he attains after a hard journey of search started by his son's question
Now, he has a factory of three-dimensional glasses in Tarablus, Lebanon. He exports the best international three-dimensional glasses to other parts of the world.

 

 

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