Global Trade and Customs Journal

Volume 12 (2017)

Volume 12 (2017) / Issue 10

Amir Ahmadi, Alireza Milani, 'Trade and IPR in Iran: TRIPS Issues and Challenges' (2017) 12 Global Trade and Customs Journal, Issue 10, pp. 388–407


The Iranian government is working to develop its national intellectual property (IP) law to engage with the international IP system, prepare for membership of the WTO, and fulfil its obligations under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. Joining the WTO – even at the same level of obligation as current Members – may require a substantial adjustment in national law and corresponding industrial policy. The impact of bringing national law into baseline or ‘normal’ TRIPS Agreement compliance should not be underestimated. Compared to the TRIPS Agreement, Iran’s IP system is far from compliant. A number of items required in TRIPS are not yet protected in Iran. Even for items covered by law in Iran, many are not in compliance with TRIPS. To comply with TRIPS, Iran has a challenging agenda of reform.

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