As reported on our website in April 2009, a new law on Intellectual Property came into force in Iran earlier this year. Whilst the new law included a provision requiring absolute novelty of inventions, the Iranian Intellectual Property Office (IIPO) continued to accept applications for patents of importation based on foreign granted patents. However, the IIPO has now decided that they will not accept any further such applications for patents of importation, and has advised that existing applications for patents of importation will be converted into applications for independent patents and granted as such.

We have asked our Iranian associate for a copy of the official notice as issued by the Iranian Patent Office in this regard, but apparently no such notice exists. This development is simply due to a very recent change in practice by the Iranian Patent Office following the introduction of the new law.

We have been advised that this situation may change again in the future, and indeed our associate is currently in negotiations with the Iranian Intellectual Property Office in this matter. We will therefore monitor the situation closely, and all further developments will be reported promptly on this website.