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The Institute of Law in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at BZU held a legal encounter on 27 January 2010, on the intellectual property laws in Palestine, in which the lawyer Ihab Sama'an has participated.
The meeting was opened by the chairperson of the Law Department at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Dr. Youssef Shendi, who stressed the importance of this meeting, since it addresses the master's thesis of the lawyer Sama'an, which was presented in 2003 at Columbia University.
Sama'an pointed out to the idea of linking intellectual property protection with the State, in accordance with the interests of the barter system, to the point reached in the United States, for example, a law was passed that gives the Congress the power to punish countries that do not respect intellectual property rights of the United States (persons and institutions). He also stressed the role played by intellectual property protection authorities in attracting foreign investment.
With regard to the legal situation in Palestine, Sama'an recommended that the Palestinian legislator, once ready to organize the intellectual property laws , should precisely and carefully examine the Palestinian legal heritage during the past historical periods, prior to the Palestinian Authority.