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‘Persian Gulf’ patents in WIPO

Tehran, Iran registered the name 'Persian Gulf' in the World Intellectual Property Organization, said the director general of the industrial property office of Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Trade.

'Following the continuous attempts, the industrial property office of Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Trade patented the name 'Persian Gulf's in the WIPO with the prefix of Pearl,' said Mehdi Mir-Salehi.

Saying that the patents of the WIPO are the international reference of geographical names, he said, 'From now on no country, administration, or organization is allowed to use another name for Persian Gulf.'

It has been decades that some Arab countries have questioned the historically accepted 'Persian Gulf'.

In early September, the deputy police chief of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, published picture of a 300-year old map, which includes the name 'Persian Gulf', which proved again Iran's historical sovereignty over it.

The map published by Khalfan dates as back as1745 and contains the name 'Persian Gulf', from which Khalfan has most probably been ignorant of.

The oldest map showing the name 'Persian Gulf' dates as back as 500 BC; however, the name 'Bahr al-Fars' meaning 'the Sea of Persia' has been repeatedly used in Arabic historical and geographical texts.

Disregarding all the historical facts, some Arab countries tried to fake the name A-r-a-b-i-a-n Gulf with the expansion of pan-Arab ideas by Egyptian Former President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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