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“As nationally known team of experts already serving many national and international companies in Turkey, our experienced patent attorneys and patent interpreters from diverse technical backgrounds are ready to assist you in all patent related aspects from filing to litigation.”

In Turkey, number of patent applications are increasing rapidly in recent years particularly after the adaptation of EPC in November 2000. After the ratification of new Industrial Property Law No. 6769 on the date of 10th of January, 2017, Turkey’s Intellectual Property system are almost fully harmonized with all developed countries.

We also hereunder provided some information as regards protection types for inventions. For more information, please do not hesitate to send us a message by clicking here.

Utility Model Applications
In Turkey, an invention being novel and industrially applicable can be granted with a Utility Model certificate providing a protection term of 10 years. The term from filing to grant is approximately 12-14 months in case of a smooth procedure. There is an official novelty search in registration procedure and third parties can file their objections within 2-months term before the grant.

National Patent Applications
An invention being novel, inventive and industrially applicable can be granted with a patent with examination. The term of the patent is 20 years. The term from filing to grant is approximately 24-36 months in case of a smooth procedure depending on the number of examinations done.

PCT Applications
PCT Chapter I or II applications can enter the national phase in Turkey within 30 months from the priority date. On the other hand, 3 months extension to national entry is possible with a fine. National phase entries with positive IPRP are directly granted by TURKPATENT without conducting any further examination. On the other hand, national route is open in Turkey.

EP validations
Turkey adopted the EPC on November 1, 2000 and European Patents filed on or after this date can be validated in Turkey. The validation has to be realized within 3 months from the publication date of their grant in a relevant EP bulletin. Accurate translations are very important as Turkish translation is taken into account in infringements proceedings according to Article 15 of the relevant EPC regulation of Turkey.

Divisional applications
In analogy with the Paris Convention, applicants can file divisional applications before the final decision of the TURKPATENT. As known, priority date of a parent application is also preserved for divisional applications thereof.

In addition to the above, by filing internationally published claims; pending PCT or EP applications can benefit from the provisional protection in Turkey in order to defend their inventions as from an earlier date in case of an infringement.

Our Related Services
We render variety range of services as regards patents and utility models. We hereunder only listed only some of our services which are more frequently asked by our clients or colleagues. For detailed information on these or any other relevant services please click here to send us a message. Your inquiry will be replied in detail within a day at the most.

Filing Services
Patent and Utility Model Filings
EP Validations
PCT national phase entries

Objections – Responses
Filing objections against published patents, utility models
Filing defensive arguments against TURKPATENT’s refusal decisions or incoming objections
Preparing response and amendments against Examination Reports

Search – Watch Services
Patent state of the art or freedom to operate searches on Turkish Patent Registry
Patent Watches on Turkish Patent Registry
Patent Infringement Analysis
Product Clearance Reports
Patent Invalidation Services

Prosecution Services
Timely informing any developments during registration procedures
Filing registration requests
Filing search and examination requests
Monitoring renewals
Filing evidence of use
Patent Translation
Filing Force Major Requests

Official Registry Based Services
Filing requests for change of name, address or entity
Recording License agreements and assignments
Recording offers for license

Legal Services
Handling C&D letters
Handling all court proceedings
Handling alternative dispute resolution proceedings

“Our experienced attorneys at law and trademark attorneys with in-depth knowledge of relevant case law and recent key decisions are very motivated to protect yours or your clients’ trademark rights in Turkey.”

In recent years, particularly number of domestic trademark applications has been dramatically increased as a result of increasing IP awareness in Turkey.

As a solid figure, with +100.000 trademark application filed in each year, Turkey is the top trademark filing country in Europe This means obtaining a registered trade mark in Turkey is getting difficult day by day.

Within this crowd, you will always be able to find a smooth part with the assistance of our experienced and very talented trademark team.

In addition to above, we also hereunder provided some information as regards trademark types in Turkey. For more information, please do not hesitate to send us a message by clicking here.

Trade Marks
A trade mark is a sign distinguishing the goods produced or traded by an undertaking from the goods of other undertakings. Marks placed on the goods or on their packages are trademarks.

Service Marks
Service marks are the signs for distinguishing services of one undertaking from the services of other undertakings. Marks of insurance companies, hospitals, banks or patent firms fall in the service mark category.

Guarantee Marks
A guarantee mark, under the control of the proprietor of the mark, serves the purpose of the guaranteeing the common characteristics of the undertakings, production methods, geographical sign and quality of those undertakings. The use of the guarantee mark by the proprietor of the mark or on the goods or services of an establishment economically connected to the proprietor of the mark is forbidden. ISO, TUV and CE marks are exam

Collective Marks
Collective mark serves the purpose of distinguishing the goods and services of the undertakings belonging to a group from the goods and services of the other undertakings

Well Known Marks
Well known marks are the signs whose well-knowness by the public has been legally approved by the Turkish Patent Institute or by courts. Scope of protection of well known marks are so wide that a sign similar to a well known mark cannot be registered even though it is not in the good and service categories of the well known mark. List of well known marks are published in the special official bulletin of TurkPatent and the list are updated when necessary.

Filing requirements
1. Name and address of the applicant;
2. Sample of the mark (Max size is 8 x 8 cm);
3. List of goods and services according to Nice Agreement;
4. Power of Attorney*, simply signed by the applicant, legalization is not required;
5. If it is a collective mark, Collective Mark Agreement

Power of Attorney is not required for filing but will be needed in case of a recordal of assignment, cancellation, withdrawal or deletion of goods.

Trademark Related Services

We render wide range of services as regards trademarks. We hereunder only listed only some of our services which are more frequently asked by our clients. For detailed information on these or any other relevant services please click here to send us a message. Your inquiry will be replied in detail within 48 hours at the most.

Trademark filings
Taking over representation
Monitoring oppositions against trademarks registered via Madrid Protocol in Turkey
Filing objections against published trademarks
Filing defensive arguments against TurkPatent’s refusal decisions or incoming objections
Similarity trademark searches in Turkish Official Trademark Registry
Trademark watches based on competitor, classification or goods-services
Preparing license agreements
Informing any developments
Filing registration requests
Monitoring renewals
Filing Force Major Requests
Filing requests for change of name, address or entity
Recording License agreements and assignments
Obtaining approved copies of any document from Turkish Patent Registry

“We offer wide range of services for effectively protecting aesthetic creations”

Aesthetic creations which are new and distinctive can effectively be protected by a design registration in Turkey.

Mainly, there are two types of industrial design applications as colored and uncolored. Multiple applications are also possible provided that designs are in the same Locarno class.

There is a novelty search procedure after filing and objection procedure after grant. The protection term of a registered design is 25 years as long as renewal fees are paid in every 5 years counting from the filing date.

After the ratification of new Industrial Property Law No 6769, unregistered design protection is also possible. In detail, any design above mentioned meeting registration criteria can be protected for three years without necessitating registration procedure from the date on which it is made available to public.

Filing requirements:

1. Name and address of the applicant;
2. Representations and brief descriptions of the designs (8×8 cm). Representation can be prepared as drawing, picture, graphic, photograph or a similar way, but must clearly show all special characteristic of design and must be suitable to publish.
3. Power of Attorney, simply signed by the applicant, legalization is not required;

Power of Attorney is not required for filing but will be needed in case of a recordal of assignment, cancellation, withdrawal or deletion of goods.

Design related services

We hereunder only listed only some of our design services. For more information please click here to send us your inquiry.

Design Filings
Filing objections against published industrial designs
Filing defensive arguments against TURKPATENT’s refusal decisions or incoming objections

Design searches in Turkish Official Registry
Design watches based on competitor, classification or subject-matter
Preparing license agreements
Informing any developments
Filing registration requests
Monitoring renewals

Filing Force Major Requests
Filing requests for change of name, address or entity
Recording License agreements and assignments
Obtaining approved copies of any document from Turkish Patent Registry

Overview

First, as provided by in Law No 5846, to accept a work as an intellectual and artistic work and to protect it, the following conditions are required to be met:

• It should be a property of the owner
• Must have a form
• It should be possible to include the work in one of the work classes listed in the law
• It must be a product of intellectual work.

In Intellectual and Artistic Works Law No 5846 the term “Work” is used to cover the following:

• Scientific and Literature Work (computer programs, books, screenplays and scripts, a particular text, photographs, projects, maps etc.)
• Article of virtue (paintings, statues, carvings, handwork, typecasting etc.).
• Music work (all compositions with or without lyrics)
• Movies (short and long movie films)
• Processing and compilation work (translation, revising all kinds of existing works, making movies from literature work etc.)
• Program codes and databases

Generally one becomes the owner of a work when he/she produces such work. However if no registry/ recording is made within the framework of law no 5846, in case of a potential conflict (counterfeit etc), it becomes very hard to prove the real ownership of work and unfortunately it will not be possible to benefit from the rights given by the related law. Thus it would be very logical for people or firms who produce one of the above mentioned works must have the related registry/recording process completed.

Copyright Related Services

We serve a high number of clientele to protect the software and other work they have produced. Especially with our legal team experienced in legislation on copyright and especially in intellectual properties our clients can get an effective legal support in case of a conflict of any type. Here are the listing as regards some of our related services:

Obligatory and Optional Copyright Registration
Monitoring and removing internet based copyright infringement
Filing legal and penalty cases within the scope of FSEK and to provide defense in such cases.

Preparation of license agreements
Distribution and monitoring licenses
Online Reputation Management

Overview

Intellectual Property rights are legal instrument to protect your intangible assets or sometimes to defend yourself against any legal attacks. Thus, in order to make the most of your IP rights, an effective legal support is a must

Bearing above facts in mind, our legal team, with +10 experienced attorneys at law, always strive to focus on most cost effective and rapid solutions when dealing with IP related disputes.

In patent related disputes, our attorneys at law and patent attorneys, having relevant engineering background from chemistry to electronics, conduct targeted studies on the case in a well-coordinated manner, resulting in smartly mixed two points of views.

For the trademark, design and domain name related disputes, our attorneys at law and trademark attorneys studies the case and use their in depth information as regards case law and recent key decisions. We also benefit from software like DARTS IP for maximizing our chance of success.

We have also very experienced attorneys at law for handling copyright or internet based disputes such as domain names as one partner of us is a nationally known attorney in this field, giving speeches and lectures and actively participating any related events and study groups.

Thanks to this dedicated teamwork, in recent years, our attorneys at law have appeared in Turkish courts for many times and successfully represented our clients in each case. In relation to this, we are proud that some of our lawyers are also appointed court experts.

Related Services
Invalidity actions
Declaratory actions
Infringement actions
Seizures, raids
Cease and desist letters
Custom recordings and custom monitoring
IP investigations
License agreements
Preparing objections
Legal advices in IP matters
Copyright and IT disputes
Domain name disputes
Unfair competition actions

We highly recommend that you ensure that in addition to registration of your trademark, your domain name is also registered to protect your trademark in virtual platform.

Thus we can register the name you plan as domain name within the scope of extensions that include com, com.tr, net, org, biz, tc.

In addition to these services, we also provide a very specific service to monitor names similar to your trademark both locally and globally and when we identify a forged brand, we can help with our lawyers expert in Informatics Law to close such sites or remedy such problems by communicating with the publishing entities, without the need for proceeding with legal procedures.

Please click here if have any inquiry in this matter.