Turkey

Recent political instability has left an indelible mark on the Turkish trademark scene, most notably in the demise of former WTR 1000-ranked firm YükselKarkinKüçük: its offices were closed and several partners were arrested following allegations of involvement in the thwarted military coup of 2016. The unsuccessful putsch ultimately led to the postponement of new legislation designed to streamline the sluggish Turkish IP system. Life goes on, however, for the country’s trademark practitioners, who continue to do battle against counterfeiters on behalf of global brands.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

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Kenaroğlu Intellectual Property
Moroğlu Arseven
NSN Law Firm
3
Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm
Esin Attorney Partnership
IctemLegal
Kahveci Law Office
Turunç

Firms: prosecution and strategy

Highly recommended
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Ankara Patent Bureau Ltd
Stock Industrial Property Services AS
Recommended
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Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm
Destek Patent Inc
Erdem Kaya Patent
Esin Attorney Partnership
Istanbul Patent AS
Kenaroğlu Intellectual Property
Moroğlu Arseven
NSN Law Firm
Turunç
Ankara Patent Bureau Ltd
A well-oiled filing machine, venerable IP agency Ankara Patent Bureau provides perspicacious brand protection guidance to clients at home and abroad. “Very experienced and knowledgeable of the national IP landscape, it definitely deserves to be in the gold tier.” A former general secretary of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Turkish chapter, Ekin Dericioğlu Kurt leads the team and cuts a dash on both domestic and European trademark prosecution.
Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm
Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property offers A-to-Z trademark coverage for a host of mainly Turkish enterprises. Attentive and forward thinking, the nimble boutique stands out for its proactive client service. Heading the outfit is Cahit Suluk, a branding guru with an intricate understanding of soft IP law and encyclopaedic knowledge of local industries. Incorporating a law firm and an IP agency, Deriş has been a major player on the Turkish trademark scene for over a century. Its 21 lawyers and 27 registered attorneys secure watertight brand protection for a slew of top-tier multinationals; its “high-quality work” is reportedly “among the best in the country”. Garnering warm accolades from fellow professionals is Okan Can, a sophisticated courtroom operator who combines refined theoretical know-how with a practical approach. Colleague Emre Kerim Yardımcı is well connected internationally and dispatches the most difficult of instructions with panache. Revered figure Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş continues to dispense the deep wisdom that he has accumulated over the course of his long and influential career in IP law.
Destek Patent Inc
With 14 offices across Turkey and a well-drilled squad of attorneys organised into specialist teams, Destek Patent is a prolific filer and an efficient, farsighted portfolio manager. Its slick prosecution offering is “head and shoulders above others in the jurisdiction; Destek gives intelligent, timely and pragmatic advice”. Having anchored the outfit since its establishment in the 1990s, managing partner Ersin Dereligil wins plaudits as a discerning IP strategist and proven solutions finder.
Erdem Kaya Patent
Erdem Kaya Patent’s soft IP offering goes well beyond trademark registration – for which it is widely renowned – to include a flourishing contentious practice. Many of its professionals are dual qualified as lawyers and trademark attorneys, ensuring holistic expert counsel. With a second office in manufacturing hub Bursa, Erdem defends myriad industrial clients against copycats. The team is headed by former Fulbright scholar Ahu Güneyli, who has a flair for prosecution and a persuasive advocacy style. Intricate knowledge of domain names and internet law is a further string to her bow.
Esin Attorney Partnership
Dynamic operator Esin Attorney Partnership is a member of global giant Baker McKenzie – the only multinational firm to practise trademark law in Turkey. Drawing on sophisticated support systems for customs monitoring, information sharing and portfolio management, it protects the brands of a diverse coterie of companies worldwide. While working seamlessly across borders, its seasoned practitioners also appreciate the nuances of the local legal system – as recently exemplified through the firm’s deft handling of tricky litigation and anti-counterfeiting campaigns across provincial Turkey. Captaining the IP department, Mine Güner is “a great young lawyer who is hardworking and extremely responsive. She is a clear-minded and quick-thinking tactician who implements her plans expertly. Mine’s work is always fantastic and she is good at resolving matters out of court where possible”. With a sterling international reputation in intellectual property, full-service Gün + Partners is “brilliant and clearly the market leader for trademark work”. Outstanding in enforcement and transactions, it earns glowing reviews from foreign associates and global brand owners alike. One happy client enthuses: “I have been working with Gün for a decade now and I can say that it is one of my favourite law firms in the world. Responsive, thorough and extremely efficient, its lawyers quickly understand complex issues and can manage multiple cases with great competence.” Steeped in local knowledge, it has also cultivated a decidedly international outlook: dedicated French, German, Japanese and Russian desks give it keen insight into commercial and legal environments around the world. Gün + Partners was established by 30-year veteran Mehmet Gün, a razor-sharp litigator with a trailblazing record in domestic IP practice. The trademark and prosecution groups are marshalled by Uğur Aktekin, a “fine strategist who gives solid practical advice”. International lawyers “have confidence in his cutting-edge understanding and trust him with issues of the utmost importance”. The winner of a 2016 Client Choice award, Zeynep Seda Alhas “has a superb grasp of Turkish case law, is always up to date with ongoing matters and is an outstanding relationship builder”. Adding further strength to the team is Bariş Kalayci, a vigilant anti-counterfeiter who effortlessly navigates the labyrinth of local legal administration. Rounding out the set is rising star Hande Hançer, a solid all-rounder with abundant ancillary expertise in technology and media.
IctemLegal
Commercial law set-up IctemLegal earns ringing endorsements for it cradle-to-grave trademark offering. A member of the Interleges network of independent law firms, it enjoys an extensive reach that allows it to seamlessly coordinate work across several jurisdictions at once. Mega-brands in its roster include Christian Louboutin, Dior and Aldi; it also recently prevailed for Czech brand Budweiser Budvar against importers of its US competitor. Smooth operator Serkan Içtem is a vital ally both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, with broad expertise on the contentious, transactional and licensing fronts. Previously a name partner at ELIG Attorneys at Law, he also has valuable international experience from a stint at White & Case in the United States.
Istanbul Patent AS
Istanbul Patent is one of the country’s most vigorous brand defenders. Best known for its astute and efficient prosecution strategy, it also performs adroitly in conflict resolution and opposition proceedings before national and international offices. The agency’s hands-on approach and crystal-clear communications are also hailed by clients. The team is led by Güven Çalik.
Kahveci Law Office
Anti-counterfeiting specialist Kahveci Law Office has a knack for finding innovative, definitive solutions to complex counterfeiting conundrums. Its intimate familiarity with Turkish court and customs procedures, as well as criminal and civil law, makes it ruthlessly effective at cleaning up a national market rife with imitations. Domestic and foreign clients enjoy collaborating with the proactive and communicative Vehbi Kahveci on this most demanding of tasks.
Kenaroğlu Intellectual Property
“A young, dynamic firm undertaking cutting-edge trademark work”, Kenaroğlu is one of Turkey’s premier IP outfits, but also has a solid take on commercial law. Best renowned for its contentious prowess, it is also building a name for itself in prosecution and brand management. In the opinion of one foreign associate, it is “one of the very best in Turkey. Unlike some others in the jurisdiction, it has top-quality practitioners who are reliable and have an intimate knowledge of case law. It provides excellent advice; it does not simply summarise facts, but provides clear, practical guidance”. Spearheading the team is founding partner Yasemin Kenaroğlu, an “absolute professional who is extremely responsive and always has the client’s objectives at the front of her mind. Fast and thorough, she will not let you down”. Kenaroğlu supplements her extensive IP know-how with an in-depth understanding of media and IT law.
Moroğlu Arseven

Tried and tested brand guardian Moroğlu Arseven’s mastery of the IP domain has attracted an enviable clientele, including household names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Toyota and Starbucks. Its dedicated trademark team taps into the firm’s deep reservoir of expertise to superb effect, and really shines where branding matters intersect with wider commercial issues. Gilt-edged practitioner Işık Özdoğan makes light work of the most complex instructions; her approach is characterised by close attention to detail, shrewd strategic judgement and clear communication. She is flanked by Ezgi Baklaci and Gökçe Izgi, two rising IP stars who recently made partner. Baklaci is a formidable litigator and anti-counterfeiting mastermind, while soft IP maven Izgi knows the case law inside out.

NSN Law Firm
Widely admired general commercial set-up NSN plays an impressive game on the Turkish IP market. “One of the most eminent lawyers in the field”, Selma Ünlü is the fulcrum around which the firm’s trademark offering turns. Previously head of the litigation team at gold-tiered Gün + Partners, she provides perceptive IP counsel and assiduously defends clients’ brands in the courtroom. A pharmaceuticals and life sciences sage, Ünlü is currently handling portfolio and opposition work for Novartis.
Stock Industrial Property Services AS
Founded in 1887, the venerable Stock Industrial Property Services is home to the oldest IP practice in the country. Its mixed team of agents and lawyers undertake robust trademark enforcement and streamlined, thorough prosecution work. A fixture of the group is the multi-talented Ömer Dundar, feted for his on-point advice across the gamut of soft IP law. “A lawyer of the highest quality”, Kazim Dündar is similarly versatile, but is most acclaimed for his work in the contentious sphere. Up-and-comer Deniz Sayin continues to turn heads with her no-stone-unturned prosecution.
Turunç
Meticulous and highly responsive to client needs, Turunç is the trusted partner of a host of heavyweights from the Middle East, Europe and North America. Its comprehensive trademark offering satisfies even the most demanding brand owners, especially in the automotive and fashion industries. Deeply immersed in the complexities of the Turkish IP regime, its high-flying practitioners are also eminently knowledgeable of US and UK law. Transactions are a strong suit for the team, which is led by Kerem Turunç.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Uğur Aktekin - Gün + Partners
Okan Can - Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership
Mehmet Gün - Gün + Partners
Işik Özdoğan - Moroğlu Arseven
Selma Ünlü - NSN Law Firm
Riza Ferhan Cagirgan - Cagirgan Law Firm & Intellectual Property Services
Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş - Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership
Barış Kalaycı - Gün + Partners
Yasemin Kenaroğlu - Kenaroğlu Intellectual Property
Hakan Akdag - IntraLegal Law Office
Ahmet Akguloglu - ATG Hukuk Bürosu
Ezgi Baklaci - Moroğlu Arseven
Esra Dündar Loiseau - Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak
Hande Hançer - Gün + Partners
Serkan Içtem - IctemLegal
Gökçe Izgi - Moroğlu Arseven
Zeynep Seda Alhas - Gün + Partners
Cahit Suluk - Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Uğur Aktekin - Gün + Partners
Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş - Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership
Yasemin Kenaroğlu - Kenaroğlu Intellectual Property
Işik Özdoğan - Moroğlu Arseven
Ekin Dericioğlu Kurt - Ankara Patent Bureau Ltd
Mine Güner - Esin Attorney Partnership
Cahit Suluk - Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm
Selma Ünlü - NSN Law Firm
Dilek Ustun Ekdial - June Intellectual Property Services Inc
Emre Kerim Yardımcı - Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership
Ezgi Baklacı - Moroğlu Arseven
Ersin Dereligil - Destek Patent Inc
Kazim Dündar - Stock Industrial Property Services AS
Ömer Dündar - Stock Industrial Property Services AS
Ahu Güneyli - Erdem Kaya Patent
Hande Hançer - Gün + Partners
Gökçe Izgi - Moroğlu Arseven
Vehbi Kahveci - Kahveci Law Office
Deniz Sayin - Stock Industrial Property Services AS
Zeynep Seda Alhas - Gün + Partners
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