Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Student of Sport Management, Ayatollah Amoli Branch, Islamic Azad University, Amol, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Ayatollah Amoli Branch, Islamic Azad University, Amol, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Sport Sciences research Institute, Tehran, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sport Science and Health, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


The purpose of this study was to design a model to support intellectual property rights in Iran sport. The research method was qualitative based on the grounded theory approach. Research data was collected by semi-structured interview. Purposeful sampling was used until achieving the theoretical adequacy of the data (23 sport management professors, sports law professors and law professors). In order to measure the validity and reliability of the interviewing tool, intra-subject agreement and process audit were used. Data was analyzed with three systematic stages of open coding, axial coding, and selective coding. The analysis of the interviews created 101 secondary codes, 38 key concepts, and 28 categories. Accordingly, 9 main categories were entitled as "Membership and Interaction with International Law Organizations", "Cultural, Social, Religious and Political Areas", "Industrial Development of Sport", "Enactment of Intellectual Property Laws in Sport", "Education Mechanisms", "Supervision and Protection of Law", "Creating Structure and Managing Intellectual Property Rights", "Intellectual Property Rights’ Benefits and Profits" and "Intellectual Property Rights of Sporting Instances". Generally, it can be said that intellectual property in sport is influenced by many factors and its operation requires activation of different mechanisms.


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