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
Bronze - Individuals: enforcement and litigation
Deriş is hailed as “one of the top firms in the country”: “Its services are excellent, and the team is proactive, responsive and amazing at achieving results. They require minimal supervision as external counsel, communicate effectively and really deliver on value for money.” The stacked outfit blends the strengths of trademark attorneys and attorneys at law under one roof to provide holistic counsel to some of the world’s biggest brands. Managing partner Serra Coral and senior partner Emre Kerim Yardımcı bring inspiring leadership to the group. Corral is renowned for her percipient take on both contentious and non-contentious mandates, which often pushes the envelope for clients; while Kerim Yardımcı earns plaudits for his “polite and efficient manner”: “His replies are always super-quick and his recommendations are time and cost effective. He always explains the chances of success too, which is really valuable”. Few practitioners attract such effusive feedback as Okan Çan, a prime pick for litigation and enforcement briefs. “We trust Okan to do excellent work – he gets great results, builds close working relationships and overall is a superb attorney.” “He is strong-willed, but easy to get along with and combines flexibility with determination. He understands the challenges and is eager to make improvements.” He regularly teams up with Feride Utku in the fight against fakes. The anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy team head provides “very well-founded legal recommendations” informed by “a fresh approach”; “she is excellent at keeping all parties updated and her cases are just one success after another, thanks to her dedication and expertise”. The firm is also home to one of Turkey’s greats, Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş, a veteran litigator who has masterminded many precedent-setting wins.
Feride Utku specialises in both prosecution and enforcement matters and has over 15 years of experience in these fields. She joined Deriş in 2008 and has worked with the trademark and litigation teams ever since. She became a partner of the firm in 2020 and currently heads the anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy teams.
Her main focus areas are counterfeiting and complex enforcement matters involving trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright issues. She is also well versed in portfolio management, domain name issues, searching and clearance activities.
In addition to Turkey, Ms Utku also guides clients through Northern Cyprus prosecution and enforcement matters and provides counsel on disputes and transactions for this area.
Ms Utku has taken part in numerous anti-counterfeiting projects, forming strategies, organising and leading simultaneous raids for world-famous brands – especially in the fields of cosmetics and fragrances, apparel and accessories, jewellery and luxury. She also has extensive experience in handling anti-generic programmes, including clearance actions, monitoring and continuous clearance services.
She is skilled in understanding the business needs of her clients and helps them develop the best IP protection systems for Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
Ms Utku has an outstanding track record of winning IP disputes. Some of her notable recent cases are:
- receiving a well-known trademark decision concerning an international trademark threatened by claims of dilution;
- representing a worldwide-known automotive brand in a court action against generic claims, securing a positive outcome;
- representing well-known companies active in the film industry with regard to copyright issues and online takedown requests;
- handling and contributing to a landmark court decision regarding unfair competition and trademark protection published in INTA’s Annual Review;
- conducting due diligence investigations for IP portfolios;
- representing well-known brands in domain name cybersquatting disputes brought under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy before WIPO; and
- handling anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy projects for trademark, design and copyright owners.
Ms Utku is a member of the INTA Famous and Well-known Trademarks Committee.
Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership provides fast, reliable and tailored consulting and legal services to clients looking to settle disputes relating to trademarks, patents, industrial designs and other IP and industrial property rights.
Based in Istanbul, Deriş has a 110-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, 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, and 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.
The firm has been awarded and certified as a Great Place to Work in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The firm’s key strategy objective is “Compliance and Benchmarking with Global Standards”. In line with this strategy, in 2021 the firm’s information security management system obtained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification. Deriş has also joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative, which is a voluntary leadership platform for the development implementation and disclosure of responsible business practice.
- 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 contentious or non-contentious matters. The partnership adopts an agile and cost-conscious approach, pragmatically combining and coordinating tailored solutions in complex matters; this approach involves developing IP awareness and enforcement strategies; conducting investigations on 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.
In addition to its thriving litigation practice, Deriş is also experienced using alternative dispute resolution before or during litigation. In this respect, the team enjoys strong connections with the WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre and actively participates in arbitration and mediation training. Mr Yardımcı has been appointed as a panellist and arbitrator before WIPO for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy matters. Mr Çan has been appointed as a chartered mediator with another member of the firm before the Ministry of Justice in Turkey.
Deriş provides the full range of IP protection services such as drafting, preparing, filing and prosecuting the application of industrial property rights in Turkey directly and through its first-rate worldwide collaborators in other countries. As Turkey is a member of international conventions such as the Madrid Protocol, the Hague Agreement, the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the European Patent Convention, Deriş files and prosecutes international trademark, design and patent applications directly under these conventions.
In recognition of the value of IP assets, Deriş is structured to provide services proactively and to offer clients a complete range of legal services. Personalised collaboration with clients is key to the firm’s approach; the team believes 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. This helps avoid unnecessary litigation and ensure a trouble-free and uninterrupted operation.
- Intellectual property
- Trademark litigation
- Patent litigation
- Trademark and patent prosecution
- Personal data protection
- IP and IT transactions
- IP due diligence
- Technology licensing
- Unfair competition
- Trade secrets
- Media and entertainment law
- Consumer law
- IT law
- Reputation management