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
Silver - Individuals: enforcement and litigation
“At Deriş, you get a dedicated and creative team of experts who think outside the box and not only advise on legal subject matter, but also help clients to find the best route forward from a strategic point of view. To top it off, they reply quickly and are fun to work with too.” The storied outfit combines the strengths of its lawyers and trademark attorneys to handle hundreds of mandates each year on behalf of some of the world’s top luxury, entertainment and pharmaceutical players. Bringing robust leadership to the group, Emre Kerim Yardımcı and Serra Coral deftly traverse the contentious/non-contentious divide and are widely recognised for their percipient filing strategies and exceptional courtroom capabilities. Kerim Yardımcı attracts praise for his “excellent responsiveness and customer focus. He swiftly gets to grips with the essence of an issue and provides clear, hands-on, cost-effective advice”. Okan Çan has cemented his position as “one of the best litigators in the country. He is knowledgeable, practical and simply a fantastic attorney”. Can also has an impressive enforcement practice and pairs up with customs officials to rid the market of fake goods, particularly in the fields of perfumes and luxury goods. He frequently combines with WTR 1000 debutant Feride Utku, who oversees the anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy unit. IP stalwart Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş is the firm’s talisman. He has seen and done it all in the trademark world, and generously shares his wisdom with colleagues and peers.
Emre Kerim Yardımcı is a highly experienced IP attorney, respected both locally and internationally. Fluent in English and French, he complements his international expertise with an extensive network.
Mr Yardımcı’s innovative approach to IP litigation, complex court proceedings and portfolio management has helped drive Deriş’s status as a top, forward-thinking IP firm. He has a reputation for astute strategic legal counsel and is an active panellist for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). He has also acted as counsel in many domain name disputes under the UDRP. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of several articles and publications on trademark and patent enforcement.
Since graduating from the University of Geneva with a double major in business management and law, he has deepened his knowledge of the establishment, licensing, acquisition and use of IP assets in Turkey and globally. His recent accomplishments include the successful defence of a leading global chemical producer’s patent registration, as well as employee invention litigation.
Mr Yardımcı is active in trademark, design, geographical indication and patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters after having worked in IP application and opposition matters for several years. He has dealt with a high number of law firms from many countries and has acquired extensive experience on an international level.
Mr Yardımcı participated in the discussions on the new Turkish IP Code before the relevant parliamentary commissions, before the legislation was enacted.
He is a member of the Turkish National Group of the Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, as well as a member of INTA, MARQUES, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the French-Swiss Association for IP Professionals and the French Association of Trademark and Design Practitioners.
He has been recognised as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, as well as a leading individual by WTR 1000, IAM 1000 and Leaders League.
Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership provides rapid, reliable and client-tailored private consulting and attorney services to clients looking to settle disputes involving trademarks, patents, industrial designs and other intellectual and industrial property rights.
Based in Istanbul, Deriş has a 108-year history pertaining to the establishment of IP rights, as well as the protection and enforcement of such rights.
Today, Deriş consists of two legal entities: Deriş Patents and Trademarks Agency AS, which counsels on and files, prosecutes, registers and manages IP rights worldwide; and Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership, which provides legal counsel, assistance in contentious and non-contentious matters and representation before the IP, civil and commercial courts.
The team consists of 30 attorneys at law, 28 registered trademark and patent attorneys and six European patent attorneys. With administrative and support staff in the trademark, search, design patent, patent and litigation departments, the firm has more than 85 collaborators.
- M N Aydın Deriş (founding partner/senior counsel)
- N Serra Coral (managing partner)
- E Kerim Yardımcı (managing partner)
- Okan Çan (partner)
- Oya Yalvaç (partner)
- Feride Utku (partner)
- Muazzez Korutürk (partner)
Deriş exclusively handles IP, IT and media-related cases, both contentious and non-contentious. The partnership has an agile and cost-conscious approach in pragmatically combining and coordinating tailored solutions to complex matters which consist of developing IP awareness and enforcement strategies, conducting investigations into counterfeits and evaluating their results, preparing and organising customs seizure of counterfeit goods, serving cease and desist letters to prevent infringing acts, conducting negotiations for settlement agreements, and instituting civil and criminal court actions.
Deriş also has a strong patent litigation and prosecution team made up of litigators and Turkish and European patent attorneys.
Besides its busy litigation practice, Deriş also implements alternative dispute resolution policies before or during litigation. In this respect, the team is in contact with the WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre and actively participates in arbitration and mediation training. Mr Yardımcı is a panellist and arbitrator before WIPO for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy matters, while Mr Çan has been appointed as a chartered mediator, with another member of the firm, before the Ministry of Justice in Turkey.
Deriş provides services such as drafting, preparing, filing and prosecuting applications for industrial property rights in Turkey and through our first-rate worldwide collaborators.
Deriş’s patent, trademark and industrial design departments prosecute applications in other countries through the firm’s network of correspondents, as well as directly with international authorities such as WIPO. As Turkey is a party to international conventions such as the Madrid Protocol, the Hague Agreement, the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the European Patent Convention, Deriş files and prosecutes directly international trademark, design and patent applications under these conventions.
Deriş is structured in a way that enables the provision of a complete range of legal services with a proactive approach that reflect the value IP assets have for our clients. The team emphasise the importance of a personalised collaboration with their clients and believe in fostering close working relationships that result in long-term partnerships.
With this in mind, Deriş’s approach is holistic and aims to facilitate business decisions made by acting analytically and proactively to identify upfront potential sources of conflict, eliminate legal uncertainty and understand and assess each and every detail that might affect the parameters of protection and enforcement in order to avoid unnecessary litigation and ensure trouble-free and uninterrupted operation.
- Intellectual property
- Trademark litigation
- Patent litigation
- Trademark and patent prosecution
- IP and IT transactions
- IP due diligence
- Technology licensing
- Unfair competition
- Trade secrets
- Personal data protection
- Media and entertainment law
- Consumer law
- IT law
- Reputation management