Iraq Joins The Patent Cooperation Treaty, PCT as The 155th Member of The PCT Union
We want to congratulate the Government and inventor of Iraq on joining the Patent Cooperation Treaty, PCT. After many events, webinars, and seminars regarding the significance of membership in the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Iraqi Government felt the need to become a PCT member to achieve a better result for their inventors and innovators. After many contemplations and deliberations, Iraq finally joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty, PCT, on January 31st.
In order to demonstrate the importance of the Patent Cooperation Treaty to the invention and innovation ecosystem of Iraq, the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations has held many events and workshops for the community. For instance, Mr. Bijan Nasiri Azam, IFIA’s Representative in WIPO and the IP Office Manager of IFIA, had the chance to explain intellectual property and PCT by holding a workshop regarding IP in Baghdad, Iraq. Moreover, he had the opportunity to indicate intellectual property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty to the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq in the same event.
After all, on January 31st, 2022, the Government of Iraq officially joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty, PCT, making Iraq the 155th member of the PCT Union. The PCT will enter into force for Iraq on April 30th, 2022.
By this treaty, IFIA hopes it encourages and assists the Iraqi researchers, inventors, and innovators to participate in international scientific conferences within their competence and present their research abstracts and discussions within the patrols of the society. Moreover, we hope that the Iraqi Government would develop more cooperations with international organizations specialized in this aspect and to support the innovators to elaborate their ideas to inventions and provide them with the requirements to resolve the obstacles of their progress.
Lastly, IFIA thanks Mr. Bijan Nasiri Azam, IFIA’s Representative in WIPO and IP Office Manager, and Mrs. Traiza Jasim Ridha, the President of the Iraqi Society of Inventors and Innovators, IIIS, for all their hard work and efforts. We hope for a bright future for the Iraqi invention and innovation society.