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Iran bans use of non-Persian words in domestic trademarks

Iran issues a decree banning any use of non-Persian words in nationally-registered trademarks.

The Iranian government has banned the use of non-Persian words and signs in trademarks that are registered by national government agencies.

Details of a decree by President Ebrahim Raeisi to Iran’s culture ministry published on Wednesday showed that manufacturing, trade and business entities will be prohibited from using non-Persian words and writing methods in products that are targeted at domestic consumers as well as in shops and business centers they own.

The decree said penalties will await people violating the terms of a law entitled “Ban on Use of Alien Nouns, Titles and Terminology”, including brief closures of factories or business places and permanent cancellation of certificates.  

The decree said businesses and manufacturers with affiliations to Iranian ethnic groups will be able to market their products in local languages for consumers in a closed geographical area.

It said that products meant for exports will be exempt from the law while adding that old trademarks with foreign elements will remain valid if they are approved by the Coordination Council on Preservation of the Persian Language.

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