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02-01-2017 (Newsletter Issue 3/17)
Trademark Requirements Revised
The Iranian Trademarks Registrar has revised the requirements for filing of a trademark application and oppositions in which a copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract of a commercial register has to be now legalized up to Consulate of Iran abroad.

The certificate of incorporation or extract of a commercial register needs to be submitted within 60 days from filing date provided that a simply copy is presented at the time of filing, this deadline may be extended by a period of extra two months.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar


11-18-2013 (Newsletter Issue 16/13)
E-Filing System Completed
The Iranian Industrial Property Office (IIPO) has developed the e-filing system for trademarks, patents, and industrial designs.

Article 167 of the by-law of Patents, Industrial Designs, and Trademarks Act has stipulated that the Registration Authority is required to provide all necessary infrastructures in order to facilitate electronic filing in all the steps of the trademark, patent, and industrial design registrations for both national and international applicants.
Following this guideline, the IIPO launched a website to accept all applications for patent and industrial design registrations since June 2012.

In the second stage of this project, in November of the same year, the portal was developed to accept all applications for trademark registrations and the follow-up process. At this point, the Trademarks Office no longer accepts applications manually and in person; all applicants are required to submit their trademark application electronically and through the website.

In the early stages of this project only a few steps were handled electronically, i.e., initial submitting of the application, announcement, and publication; however, the system was improved during the following months, and now all objections, either objection to a trademark, patent, and industrial design application refusal, or opposition against a trademark application, must be submitted electronically as well.

At this time the development is completed. The whole process of IP registration can and should be filed electronically.

Source: Hossein Badamchi, Ph.D., Reza Badamchi & Associates, Tehran, Iran


10-01-2013 (Newsletter Issue 14/13)
Trademark Office Moved
The Iranian Industrial Property Office has moved to new premises. The purpose is, among others, to gather the Trade Marks Office, Patent Office and Industrial Property Office in one location which were disseminated in Tehran.

The new building is located in the center of Tehran, by the State Department of Registration of Deeds and Properties. The address of the Industrial Property Office is as follows:

Industrial Property Office
No. 5, Fayaz Bakhsh Street
Khayyam Street
Tehran 11146-78111
Iran
Tel/Fax: +98 (21) 66741035

President: Mohammad Hassn Kiani

The Trademark Office is fully operational in the new building. However, nearly all types of applications are filed online on the Trademark Office Electronic Application System.

Source: Raysan Patent & Trademark Agents, Iran


04-02-2013 (Newsletter Issue 4/13)
Additional Formalities to Trademark Applications Required
The Iranian Intellectual Property Office (IIPO) has recently updated its formalities for trademark applications in Iran.

IIPO will no longer accept general terms for products and services; trademark applicants will be asked to submit a serial number specifying each good or service according to the specifications found on the WIPO Nice Classification system found at http://www.wipo.int/classifications/nivilo/nice/index.htm.

IIPO also announced that a power of attorney, certified and legalized up to the Iranian consulate, a certified copy of the company extract, as well as pantone codes of the trademark colors in order to claim colors of the mark (documents which are required in support of trademark applications in the country) must all submitted within two months from the date of notification issued by the registrar, in addition to the serial number.

Source: Saba & Co., Lebanon


02-18-2013 (Newsletter Issue 2/13)
New Payment Regime for Foreigners
The Iranian Trade Marks Office has changed the official fees payment regime in January 2013.

As per the new payment regime, the Iranian Trade Marks Office only accepts payment of official fees for foreign applicants in Euros or Swiss Francs.
In fact, there have been no structural fee changes, but applicants are required to pay the official fees based on the currency exchange rates on the payment day. As the Euro/Franc currency exchange rate is not fixed, the official fees will vary from time to time. The restrictions of international money transactions on Iranian banks have made the payment issue more difficult.
The implementation of the new payment regime will also be imposed on the registration fees for pending applications.
The official fees for Iranian applicants are still payable in local currency, Rials.

Source: Raysan Patent & Trademark Agents, Iran



12-04-2012 (Newsletter Issue 18/12)
Trademark Electronic Application System Launched
The Iranian Trade Marks Registry launched a system for electronic trade mark application system on November 18, 2012. This development follows successful inauguration of electronic application for patents and industrial designs a few months ago.

Currently, the Trade Marks, Patents and Industrial Design Registries only accepts electronic filing of applications. There have been no changes in filing procedures or formalities requirement, but a new application number format will be assigned automatically by the electronic application system. The original supporting documents (i.e. power of attorney, applicant’s incorporation document) are still required to be submitted to the Office in hard copy.

The electronic platform for filing of trade mark applications and workflow system is available at http://iripo.ssaa.ir. The platform is only designed in Persian and no English version is available yet.

The system provides for examination, correspondence, publication and registration procedures electronically. However, the opposition, hearing, renewal, assignment and license recordation procedures are handled as before.

The electronic platforms for filing of patent and industrial design applications and workflow system are available only in Persian at the same address at http://iripo.ssaa.ir.

The Iranian Industrial Property Office is gradually shifting to a completely paperless office in a phased manner during the next years.

Source: Raysan Patent & Trademark Agents, UK



02-23-2011 (Newsletter Issue 3/11)
New Trademark Filing Requirement
According to the new amendment of the Iranian Trademark Office, it is now required to submit a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation from the Commercial Register or any equivalent document for new trademark applications.

In case the applicant is an individual, then a photocopy of his passport will suffice.

Source: NJQ & Associates


Legal basis is a new Intellectual Property Law “The Law of Registration of Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks”, in force since May 2008 and the respective executive By-Laws.
Iran is a member of the Paris Convention, Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Israelis or Israeli companies cannot apply for trademarks.
Nice classification, 10th edition.

In the Trade Mark Office Electronic Application System, which was launched in November 2012, the goods and services of interest, should be selected from a pre-defined list of goods and services according to the 10th edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services available on the WIPO website at www.wipo.int/classifications/nivilo/nice/index.htm. Applicants may not apply for goods and services other than the ones listed on the 10th edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services on WIPO website.
The Iranian Trade Mark Office does not accept trade mark applications covering goods in class 33. Applicants of international registrations (Madrid Agreement or Protocol) applying for “Beers” in class 32 should clarify that the goods of interest are “non-alcoholic beers”.
Registrable trademarks are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, colours, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, certification marks, trade names and titles of establishment.
Device and figures of women and words that are considered as contrary to good morals and public order are not registrable.
The applications are filed online on the Trademark Office website at http://iripo.ssaa.ir.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent and address for service.
A power of attorney, executed by applicant, notarized and then legalized by the Iranian Consulate is required.
A legalized copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or extract of a commercial register needs to be submitted within 60 days from filing date provided that a simply copy is presented at the time of filing, this deadline may be extended by a period of extra two months.
A trademark application undergoes examination on absolute and relative grounds. A mark acquired distinctiveness through extensive use is registerable.
The time frame for a trademark application to mature registration is approx. 8 months.
The examination report is usually issued within 30 days.
An examined application will be published in the Trademark Gazette for opposition purposes.
A registered mark will also be published in the Trademark Gazette.
National:
The opposition period is 30 days from publication date of the notice of application in the Trade Mark Gazette.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A registered trade mark is protected from the date of application.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
In case a registered mark is not put into use within three years from registration date, the registration will become vulnerable to cancellation action on the grounds of non-use.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing an application for a trademark is IRR 400,000 for one class and IRR 40,000 for each additional class. The official publication fee is IRR 1,000,000 and registration fee is IRR 2,400,000 for one class and IRR 200,000 for each addition class.
The Iranian Trade Marks Office only accepts payment of official fees for foreign applicants in Euros or Swiss Francs.


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Iran (IR)

Industrial Property Office
No. 5, Fayaz Bakhsh Street
Tehran 11146-78111
Iran
Tel +98 21 8853 3250/3252
Fax +98 21 8853 3247
President: Mohammad Hassn Kiani

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8
www.wipo.int