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Protecting trademarks in post-sanctions Iran

By Safdar Jafri

As Iran emerges from a long spell of international sanctions, international brands are considering expanding into the country. However, an understanding of local nuances is critical to successful market entry

A prior search is recommended in any jurisdiction. However, a prior search in Iran has its own unique purpose. First, it checks the mark’s availability. However, even a completely clear result is no guarantee that the application will be approved. A number of factors come into play when an application is examined which cannot be covered by a prior trademark search – including the knowledge, perception and style of search of the examiner working on that particular application. This is because, as yet, there are no formal guidelines for trademark examination in Iran.

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