May 7, 2015

In a recently held meeting with the Deputy Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Anne Leer, Iran’s Minister of Culture revealed that Iran was keen to exploit and implement WIPO capabilities to pave the way for joining Berne Convention. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is an international agreement governing copyright in existence since 1886.

Iran currently does have a copyright law but it only offers protection to domestically created works and is not extended to international copyright works.

The ministry has been holding regular sessions to study the issue of Iran’s joining the Berne Convention for some time now to examine the conditions as well as scientific, cultural, social and political outcomes of Iran’s joining the international copyright treaty.

If Iran joins Berne Convention, it will be a major news in the world of intellectual property. Keep visiting our website for regular updates on this issue.