August 3, 2018

Iran: Updates on Patent Annuities and Patent Term Expiration

The Iranian Intellectual Property Office issued a decision relating to the calculation of annuities and patent term expiration.  The following will apply: For new patent applications entered in Iran via PCT on or after May 30, 2018, the annuities due at the time of filing will include the back annuities accumulated in the international stage.  The annuity payments following the nationalization of an application will become due on the anniversary date of the international application. For granted and pending applications as of May 30, 2018, the correct annuity payments should be settled at the next expected date to bring the annuity year in line with the international filing date. For granted patents filed via PCT, there is no indication that the Letters Patent will be reissued with the correct expiration date.  It is mandatory to correct the annuity year by attending to the necessary payments at the next upcoming annuity date.   Source: SABA IP
July 5, 2018

Iran: Accession to the Locarno Agreement

Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs.  The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018. Contracting states in the Middle East and North Africa are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan,and Turkey.   Source:  SABA IP
January 6, 2017

Iran: Trademark Requirements Revised

 Iran recently announced that a legalized extract from the commercial register is required for new trademark applications and oppositions and must be submitted within 60 days from filing date.  A signed copy is required at the time of filing. With respect to renewal applications, a notarized extract from the commercial register is sufficient. Source: