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: prosecution and strategy
Bronze - Individuals: enforcement and litigation
“The OFO VENTURA team handles all phases of brand protection with utmost professionalism. It analyses files in great detail, reacts quickly and tailors its methods to each company it assists.” Lately the ensemble has been representing heavy-hitters in the media and fashion industries before the TPTO as well as the courts. Founding partner Özlem Futman “is one of the most respected attorneys internationally and can always be counted on for sound, focused and practical advice at a fair price. A special skill is her ability to get down to brass tacks with the TPTO and find a suitable way forward. She knows when to push ahead as well as when to settle and has never been wrong in her judgement”. Colleague Yasemin Aktaş “brings a positive energy to the firm. She does not just simply acknowledge instructions, but works together with brands to find optimum solutions and gives clear, precise and succinct advice. Yasemin thinks creatively, has a great eye for detail and achieves exquisite results”.
Yasemin Aktaş is an IP litigator and a Turkish trademark and patent attorney who has more than 10 years’ experience practising IP law in Turkey. She completed her internship at one of Turkey’s largest media groups before gaining further experience at a reputable IP firm. She joined OFO VENTURA as a partner.
Ms Aktaş advises clients on a wide range of IP issues and transactions relating to trademarks, patents, designs, domain names and trade names. She counsels foreign and multinational companies from various industries including the fields of fashion, cosmetics, media, online games, electronics, pharmaceuticals and life sciences automotive and software on implementing IP protection, litigation and enforcement strategies and portfolio management.
She represents clients in complex trademark infringement and invalidation cases, design and trademark cancellation actions, unfair competition matters, interlocutory and precautionary injunctions, negotiations, co-existence settlements and licensing agreements, as well as prosecution of trademark and design rights before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.
She has wide experience in building anti-counterfeiting strategies, including customs monitoring, investigations, raids, seizures and settlement negotiations with counterfeiters.
She is a member of the INTA Anti-counterfeiting Committee and has been selected by the IP Experts Group to assist the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition IP Advisory Board.
She regularly writes on IP-related topics for international and local publications. Her most recent contributions are:
- “Retailers beware: use of ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Cyber Monday’ in Turkey requires careful thought” (World Trademark Review);
- “Court of Cassation removes uncertainty for non-use revocation actions” (Lexology);
- “Online Brand Enforcement 2020 – Protecting your trademarks in the electronic environment” (World Trademark Review);
- the 2021 Turkey chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Design Law;
- the 2021 Turkey chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Patent Law; and
- the 2021 Turkey chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Copyright Law.
OFO VENTURA was founded in 2002 by Özlem Futman, who has been working in the IP field since 1997 as a qualified attorney at law, trademark and patent attorney and European patent attorney.
Our team is composed of partners, senior lawyers and senior trademark and patent attorneys who provide skilled legal support and advice across the full range of IP services, including prosecution, litigation, enforcement, counselling and non-contentious matters.
We are an Istanbul-based firm with corresponding offices in Ankara and in the northern part of Cyprus.
Our practice covers all aspects of IP rights, including patents, utility models, trademarks, copyright, designs, geographical indications, licensing, domain names and data protection.
Our areas of specialty where IP protection and counterfeiting are particular concerns in Turkey include fashion, luxury products, sporting goods, stationery, electronics, automobile, online games and telecommunication. Our expertise in handling the most complex IP cases has attracted a renowned and international client base that spans other industries, particularly in highly regulated areas such as cosmetics, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals.
We use our experience in these industries and strategically apply them to the issues faced in other industries.
Our team excels at more complex and contentious IP matters and combines its broad experience and skillsets with the creativity and tenacity required in this tricky market in the most responsive and effective manner. We do not limit our knowledge to local law and practice; we also closely follow IP practice, developments and case law worldwide. This drive for constant improvement is making a positive impact in the marketplace.
Since 2002 we have earned the loyalty of a distinguished national and international client base by connecting with them and managing their issues with tenacity in this challenging jurisdiction.
Constantly improving, researching, and analysing to find solutions, we get outstanding results. Clients across the globe have mandated us because we can deliver the result that they want for their IP rights.
Key rules of behaviour
- 100% – each matter is examined from ground zero and each strategy is built around the notion of 100% (answers clients’ needs, is unique), even in relation to portfolios that we have handled for years.
- Strategic partnership – we see ourselves not just as counsel, but also as our clients’ local strategic business partner. We care about our clients’ IP rights, equity and market share.
- Mastery – we love winning and thrive on challenging cases. Our success is your success.
- Protection – we fiercely protect our clients’ interests because we take each case personally; success for your case is our main goal.
As active members of numerous committees of national and international IP organisations (eg, INTA, European Communities Trademark Association, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, MARQUES, Turkish Patent and Trademark Agents Association), we stay abreast of all the latest IP developments – in Turkey and abroad. In addition, our founding partner is a contributor to the best-known IP blog in Turkey (https://iprgezgini.org).
Our commitment and high engagement with IP organisations also mean that we have become a voice for change in Turkey.
OFO VENTURA has been recognised as a leading IP firm by Legal 500, WTR 1000 and IAM 1000.