Introduction

Intellectual Property Rights Department
In light of the fact that the Ministry of Justice is in charge of policymaking and making coordination on the intellectual property front, an Intellectual Property Rights Department was set up in the ministry in 2015 to help advance its objectives and facilitate interaction among government agencies. The department has two directorates general: the Office for Planning, Coordination and Support for Industrial Property Rights, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources; and the Office for Planning, Coordination and Support for Literary and Artistic Property Rights as well as Folkloric Symbols. The department also runs the Secretariat of the National Council of Policymaking and Coordination on Intellectual Property among Executive Agencies.

A. Office for Planning, Coordination and Support for Industrial Property Rights, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources
1. Implementing the decisions of the Policymaking Council and other tasks entrusted to the office regarding industrial property rights, traditional knowledge and genetic resources
2. Facilitating the implementation of regulations governing industrial property rights in a bid to expand economic incentives in line with the policies of the Resistance-based Economy
3. Streamlining and protecting industrial property rights, traditional knowledge and genetic resources in the cyberspace in conjunction with the Supreme Cyberspace Council; and contributing to the development of a databank and an electronic system to offer information to stakeholders and other beneficiaries
4. Taking necessary measures to commercialize (indigenous) intellectual products through appropriate agencies
5. Supervising compliance with industrial and trademark treaties and conventions subscribed to by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran
6. Setting the stage for the contribution of non-governmental organizations and well-informed individuals
7. Taking account of the requirements and international commitments highlighted by competent authorities to draft legislative measures and executive bylaws, and reviewing national plans and initiatives
8. Taking account of adopted policies to review the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran to other international intellectual property agreements

B. Office for Planning, Coordination and Support for Literary and Artistic Property Rights as well as Folkloric Symbols
1. Implementing the macro-policies of the upstream documents related to literary and artistic property rights as well as folkloric symbols
2. Facilitating the implementation of regulations in line with expanding economic incentives with regard to the policies of the Resistance-based Economy
3. Drawing up a long-term national strategy related to literary and artistic property rights as well as to folkloric symbols and supervising its implementation
4. Implementing the decisions of the Policymaking Council and other tasks entrusted to the office regarding literary and artistic property rights as well as folkloric symbols and making coordination with other executive agencies
5. Streamlining and protecting literary and artistic property rights as well as folkloric symbols in the cyberspace in conjunction with the Supreme Cyberspace Council
6. Implementing socio-cultural programs to raise awareness and discourage the public from plagiarizing, forging, and abusing the works of other authors
7. Setting the stage for the contribution of non-governmental organizations and well-informed individuals when it comes to literary and artistic property rights as well as folkloric symbols

C. Secretariat of the National Council of Policymaking and Coordination on Intellectual Property among Executive Agencies
1. Drawing up and proposing policies and determining strategies in the field of intellectual property
2. Making coordination among executive agencies when it comes to intellectual property studies; organizing national, regional and international conferences; and attending national, regional and international conferences
3. Conducting expert studies when it comes to proposed bills and measures which are related to intellectual property and coordinating with appropriate authorities to amend rules and regulations
4. Studying related treaties and conventions which serve the country’s interests and proposing accession
5. Making coordination with executive agencies to attend international gatherings and announcing whether such participation is in keeping with national interests.


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