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Thursday, 25 December 2003


…but also the day the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement take effect in Iran, making the Islamic Republic the 74th to join the Madrid system. The new Iranian trade mark law to implement Madrid at national level still awaits the approval of the Iranian Assembly.

The IPKat is pleased to see Iran join the two Madrids, but wonders about the chances of Iran acceding to another significant IP treaty.Under current Iranian law the registration of trade marks for beer in Class 32 and other alcoholic beverages in Class 33 is strictly prohibited. Iran has not yet become a Member of the World Trade Organization: to do so it would have to accept Article 15(4) of the TRIPs Agreement, which states: “the nature of the goods or services to which a trademark is to be applied shall in no case form an obstacle to registration of the trademark”.

Alcohol and Islam here, here and here
Arguments in favour of banning alcohol here and here
Arguments against banning alcohol here and here
Re-enact the Prohibition here

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