Gün + Partners

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Gold - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Gold - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Hub of excellence Gün + Partners “approaches all matters diligently and in a commercial manner to secure fantastic results for clients. Acting as an extension of their clients’ legal teams, the professional and experienced attorneys at the outfit stand head and shoulders above the rest. Patrons have complete trust in the ensemble to prioritise their interests while being honest about all possible outcomes.” Founding partner Mehmet Gün is “admired in the Turkish legal environment. He has tremendously thorough expertise and experience in IP, commercial and corporate law.” Uğur Aktekin and Barış Kalaycı capitalise on their storied legal careers to effectively co-lead the IP practice. Aktekin earns enthusiastic praise for being “exceptionally responsive, helpful and insightful. His in-depth knowledge about case law means he can successfully handle complex matters and achieve great results.” While Kalaycı has a laser focus on anti-counterfeiting and IP protection, he aids names in an array of industries from fashion and luxury goods to food and beverages.  Captaining the firm’s IP prosecution department is Pınar Arıkan, who impresses patrons with her “invaluable insights and recommendations”.  Colleague Zeynep Seda Alhas stands out for her “responsiveness, ability to tackle matters at short notice, and her innovative and creative ways of approaching the intricacies of trademark law”. Tenacious litigator Hande Hançar showcases “considerable expertise in IP enforcement and achieves great results for complex matters against infringers, thanks to her pragmatic approach, responsiveness and flexibility in adapting to her clients’ needs”. While colleague Mutlu Yıldırım Köse is “a rising star who is building a reputation in the trademark community – she is incredibly bright, sharp witted and has a real commercial understanding. Clients love her and the opposition fears her.” For those seeking robust IP protection and enforcement, Güldeniz Doğan Alkan is a safe pair of hands. She is a trusted adviser to numerous household-name brands and truly shines when it comes to handling multifaceted opposition and infringement matters. Joining her colleagues in the rankings this year is Dicle Doğan – one to watch as she demonstrates high-calibre litigation skills in her work for clientele in the life sciences.

Firm Profile

Gün + Partners is a full-service institutional law firm with a strategic international vision, delivering high-quality, commercially astute legal services with 13 partners and over 70 lawyers.

The firm is one of the oldest and largest firms in Turkey and is internationally recognised among the top-tier legal service providers. The firm is based in Istanbul, with working and correspondent offices in Ankara, Izmir and Turkey’s other major commercial centres.

Our IP practice, one of the core practice areas of the firm since its foundation, is composed of the following specialised practice groups:

  • patents and utility models;
  • trademarks and designs;
  • copyright;
  • anti-counterfeiting; and
  • IP prosecution.

Gün + Partners provides comprehensive advisory, transactional and litigation services covering the full range of patent, trademark and utility model issues, including prosecution, litigation and transactional and advisory matters. The firm combines industry and litigation experience with its extensive IP expertise, which extends to patent-related competition law, regulatory issues and data protection.

The firm also prosecutes all types of IP application; files and defends against oppositions and appeals before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office; and challenges the office’s final decisions before specialised courts.

Having expertise in all IP areas places the firm in a unique position in the market to devise and implement protection and enforcement strategies for IP owners and handle complex IP disputes that involve different IP rights. Thus, the firm is recognised as a leading IP practice in Turkey, and its IP practice members are recognised as leaders in their respective fields. Life sciences and telecoms, media and technology are the core industries that the firm’s IP practice concentrates on, in addition to automotive, apparel and consumer goods.

Trademarks and designs

Gün + Partners provides the full range of trademark services, including advisory, litigation, transactions, prosecution, opposition, maintenance, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and IP investigations. The team works in a number of key business sectors, including pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, technology and media and entertainment. The firm’s services include well-known and famous trademark protection, invalidation of trademark registrations, actions to prevent trademark infringement, interlocutory and precautionary injunctions, passing off, unfair competition and all forms of complex trademark-related litigation.

Gün + Partners advises clients and conducts civil and criminal litigation relating to all aspects of trademark, design and unfair competition law. Members of the trademark practice group appear before the courts of first instance and appeal; conduct trademark and design due diligence; assist on the trademark and design aspects of corporate and other commercial transactions; and negotiate and draft contracts.

Gün + Partners also advises on anti-counterfeiting matters, develops anti-counterfeiting strategies, investigates trademark infringement, applies for search and seizure orders, conducts raids and files customs applications for injunctions and seizures.

Sector expertise

  • Automotive
  • Chemical engineering
  • Construction and building materials
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Fashion
  • Financial services and e-commerce
  • Food and beverage
  • Green technology
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Information science, technology and communications
  • Luxury goods
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Media, entertainment and publishing
  • Medical devices
  • Robotics and nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Travel

Professional memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • ECTA
  • INTA
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group
  • The Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys
  • Association of Trademark and Design Law Practitioners
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
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