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IR - Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Intellectual Property Center (Islamic Republic of Iran)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Intellectual Property Center (Islamic Republic of Iran)
PA: Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Registration Act, 2008
PR: Executive Regulations of the Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Registration Act, 2009
List of currencies used in this document:
CHF: Swiss franc
EUR: Euro
IRR: Iranian rial
USD: US dollar
List of related countries and Offices used in this document:
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines (formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes). It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations (and their Offices) in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States (formerly Annex A).
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Thursday and Friday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Two-letter code:
IR
Name of Office:
Intellectual Property Center (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Location:
3 Phayazbakhsh Str.
Khayam Str.
Imam Khomeini Square
Tehran 11146-78111
Islamic Republic of Iran
Mailing address:
Same as above
Telephone:
(98-21) 6674 1035
E-mail:
irpct@ssaa.ir
Facsimile:
(98-21) 6670 0867
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by means of telecommunication (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Does the Office send notifications via e-mail in respect of international applications?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
No
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
IB
IR
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
IR
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Patents
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
None
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
May be in the request or may be furnished within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Language in which international applications may be filed:
English
Language accepted for language-dependent free text in the sequence listing:
The Office has not specifically notified the International Bureau of the language that it accepts under PCT Rule 12.1(d).
Same as above
Language in which the request may be filed:
English
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
1
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Yes, the Office accepts electronic filing via ePCT-Filing
For the relevant notification by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 21 April 2016, pages 81 et seq.
Where the international application is filed in electronic form in accordance with and to the extent provided for in Part 7 and Annex F of the Administrative Instructions, the total amount of the international filing fee is reduced (refer to “Fees payable to the receiving Office”).
Where the international application contains a sequence listing as a separate part of the description, this must be furnished in accordance with Annex C of the Administrative Instructions, that is, in compliance with WIPO Standard ST.26 XML format; no fees are due for sequence listings filed in this format. If the receiving Office does not accept international applications in electronic form in such format, the international application will be transmitted to the International Bureau as receiving Office (PCT Rule 19.4(a)(ii-bis)).
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
CN
EP
IN
RU
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
CN 1
EP 1
IN
RU
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
for natural persons 50,000 IRR
for legal persons 500,000 IRR
International filing fee:
Equivalent in IRR of 1,330 CHF
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
Equivalent in IRR of 15 CHF
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Reductions (under Schedule of Fees, item 4):
For the relevant notification by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 21 April 2016, pages 81 et seq.
Electronic filing (the request in character coded format):
Equivalent in IRR of 200 CHF
Electronic filing (the request, description, claims and abstract in character coded format):
Equivalent in IRR of 300 CHF
Search fee:
Equivalent in IRR of the search fee payable to the International Searching Authority chosen by the applicant:
Refer to
Annex D(CN)
Annex D(EP)
Annex D(IN)
Annex D(RU)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
Please refer to the Office
Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3(d)):
Please refer to the Office
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Yes, if the applicant is a non-resident
Who can act as agent?
Any agent authorized to practice before the Office
A list of registered agents may be obtained from the Office
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Not applicable
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Not applicable

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(1): 30 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(a): 30 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s):
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Farsi
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, both as originally filed and as amended, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, both as originally filed and as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
The applicant should only send a copy of the international application if he/she has not received Form PCT/IB/308 and the Office has not received a copy of the international application from the International Bureau under PCT Article 20. This may be the case where the applicant expressly requests an earlier start of the national phase under PCT Article 23(2).
National fees:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Filing fee
100,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (10,000 IRR)
or equivalent in EUR or USD 2
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
Reductions of the national fee are indicated above and in Annex IR.I.
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 3 4
Declaration as to the applicant’s entitlement to apply for and be granted a patent 3 4
Document evidencing a change of name of the applicant if the change occurred after the international filing date and has not been reflected in a notification from the International Bureau (Form PCT/IB/306) 3
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not a resident of the Islamic Republic of Iran 3
Instrument appointing the agent (authorization or power of attorney)
Translation of the international application to be furnished in three copies
Who can act as agent?
Any agent authorized to practice before the Office
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, the Office applies the “due care” criterion to such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

IR.01 LANGUAGE OF PROCEEDINGS
PA Art. 6, PR Art. 3
The language of proceedings is Farsi.
IR.02 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as originally filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
IR.03 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
PR Art. 6(8)
The applicant must attach the receipt showing payment of the national fee to his application. The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex IR.I.
IR.04 LACK OF UNITY OF INVENTION
PR Art. 8
In case of lack of unity of invention, the applicant shall file divisional applications in respect of the additional inventions claimed in the international application and pay filing fees for each divisional application.
IR.05 ANNUAL FEES
PR Art. 66
Annual fees are payable two months prior to the first anniversary of entry into the national phase and each subsequent year thereafter. If an annual fee is not paid within the prescribed time limit, the patent will cease to have effect. The amounts of the annual fees are indicated in Annex IR.I.
IR.06 APPOINTMENT OF AN AGENT
PA Art. 51
If the applicant does not reside in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an agent shall be appointed by filing a legalized power of attorney, signed by the applicant.
IR.07 EXAMINATION
PR Art. 28
A patent will be granted only after examination. Examination takes place within six months of entry into the national phase.
IR.08 AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION
PA Art. 8(a)
The applicant may, at any time before the patent is granted, make amendments to his application, provided that the amendment does not go beyond the original disclosure. The amount of the fee for amendment is indicated in Annex IR.I.
IR.09 FEE FOR GRANT
PA Art. 14(c)
The Office shall provide the original Letters Patent to the applicant after the fee for grant has been paid.
IR.10 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 82bis
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase.
IR.11 REVIEW UNDER ARTICLE 25 OF THE PCT
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase.
IR.12 REINSTATEMENT OF RIGHTS
PCT Rule 49.6
Reinstatement of rights may be requested where the applicant, in spite of due care required by the circumstances having been taken, failed to perform the acts referred to in Article 22 within the applicable time limit. A request for reinstatement must be presented in writing within two months from the removal of the cause of the failure to observe the time limit, or 12 months from the date of expiration of the applicable time limit, whichever time limit expires earlier. Within the said time limit, the omitted action must be completed and the fee for reinstatement of rights must be paid.
IR.13 RESTORATION OF THE RIGHT OF PRIORITY
PCT Rule 49ter.2
Where the international application was filed within two months from the end of the period for claiming priority of an earlier application, a request for restoration of the right of priority may be made to the Office in accordance with the national law (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.006 to 6.011). Such a request will be allowed if the Office is satisfied that the failure to file the application within the 12-month priority period occurred in spite of due care required by the circumstances. The time limit for filing the request is one month from the date of entry into the national phase.
A declaration or other evidence in support of a request for restoration of the right of priority should be filed within the time limit set out in PCT Rule 49ter.2(b)(i).

Annexes

Annex IR.I - Fees
For non-residents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, payment should be effected in euro or US dollar
Filing fee
100,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (10,000 IRR)
Fee for amendment
500,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (50,000 IRR)
Grant fee
150,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (15,000 IRR)
Annual fees:
— from the 1st to the 5th year, per year
1,000,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (100,000 IRR)
— from the 6th to the 10th year, per year
2,000,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (200,000 IRR)
— from the 11th to the 15th year, per year
3,000,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (300,000 IRR)
— from the 16th to the 20th year, per year
4,000,000 IRR
in case of filing by a natural person (400,000 IRR)
Surcharge for the late payment of annual fees
50% of the amount due
How can payment of fees be effected?
The payment of fees should be effected in Iranian rial or the equivalent in euro or US dollar. All payments must indicate the application number (national, if already known; international, if the national application number is not yet known), the name of the applicant and the type of fee being paid.
Payments by bank transfer should be made to the following bank:
Bank Melli Iran
Argentin Square
Bucharest Street, Ninth Alley
Armita Towers, Branch of Armita Towers, Code 1033
Tehran, Iran
Bank Account No.
2103310000042
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a b The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office.
2 a For non-residents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, payment should be effected in euro or US dollar.
3 a b c d If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of 60 days from the date of receipt of the invitation.
4 a b This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.

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V. 1 printed on 1 Apr 2023