Okan Çan

Ranked in Turkey
WTR Research

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 - 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.

Okan Çan's Profile

Okan Çan represents market-leading companies in the protection and enforcement of IP rights. His expertise extends to IP litigation, IP strategy, transactional intellectual property, technology licensing, data privacy and publicity rights.

Mr Çan has achieved notable results in IP disputes. He has represented:

  • a leading technology market player in an extensive project for licensing its standard-essential patents;
  • a multinational firm in complex multi-jurisdictional IP litigation, achieving one of the highest compensation awards for an IP conflict in Turkey;
  • a multinational tobacco firm during the acquisition of the IP assets of the Turkish state monopoly; and
  • a leading multinational firm for which he secured the first trademark registration for a colour per se in Turkey.

By invitation of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office in 2016, Mr Çan participated in and actively worked with the commission established for the preparation of the new Turkish IP Code, which entered into force on 10 January 2017. He also participated in the IP Code discussions before the related commissions of Parliament, before the code was enacted.

He is currently the chair of the Sub-committee of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

Mr Çan frequently speaks at IP conferences, including on:

  • IP, privacy and internet issues in Turkey at Stanford University, Palo Alto in 2015;
  • Trademark Highlights of the Year 2015 and the INTA Roundtable in 2016;
  • image and celebrity rights in sports at Kadir Has University, Sports Law Centre in 2016;
  • the new IP Code at a conference held by the Turkish Ministry of Customs and the European Union in 2017;
  • resolving IP disputes through the WIPO alternative dispute resolution, on behalf of WIPO, at an international conference in Istanbul in 2017.

His recent publications include:

  • “Anticipated Changes Pave Way to New Environment”, IAM Yearbook 2017 (co-author);
  • “Major Changes To The Trademark Law 2017” (IPKat blog); and
  • “New Practice: Mediation in Trademark Oppositions”, International Law Office.

Mr Çan is listed in the IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars, Legal 500, Chamber and Partners and WTR 1000 2016-2018 in the gold tier for litigation and enforcement.

Firm Profile

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.

Partners

  • 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)

IP practice

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.

Specialties

  • Intellectual property
  • Trademark litigation
  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark and patent prosecution
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • IP and IT transactions
  • IP due diligence
  • Technology licensing
  • Copyright
  • Unfair competition
  • Trade secrets
  • Personal data protection
  • Media and entertainment law
  • Consumer law
  • IT law
  • Reputation management

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German

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