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06 December 2019

Turkey implements plain packaging, Trump trademark spike, and INTA awareness call: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the resolution of a trademark dispute between the Ramone family, brand loyalty rising, a vegan butcher taking on Nestlé at the USPTO, and much more.

30 September 2019

12 counterfeit hotspots in Turkey that rights holders must be aware of

In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Turkey.

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

According to Turkish legislation, it is possible to register IP rights (ie, trademarks, industrial designs, patents, utility models, copyrights, geographical indications, integrated circuit topographies and plant breeders’ rights) before Customs, as the crucial first step in the fight against counterfeiting.

23 April 2019

Turkey trademark uplift, INPI announces Africa IP adviser, and China counterfeit crackdown: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at INTA and the National Trade Foundation for Education partnering up to spread the anti-counterfeiting message, a study highlights how brands need to showcase their authenticity, and much more.

07 December 2018

Turkey plain packaging, WIPO praises Pakistan IPO and '.amazon' up in the air: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a tussle over BRENT marks in Singapore, a "worrying trend" of retail fakes in Papua New Guinea, a new UK IP minister, and much more.

09 November 2018

Rights holders beware: criminal raid action deemed to be act of unfair competition

In a ground-breaking decision, the Turkish Court of Appeals has held that a criminal raid action constituted an act of unfair competition and that the complainant should pay compensation to the defendant for damages incurred due to the raid.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

The availability of preventive measures at Customs is vital in the fight against counterfeiting. In light of this, the Customs Code and the relevant customs regulations have been amended in line with TRIPs.

11 April 2018

Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

13 February 2018

New circular improves customs protection of IP rights; number of suspensions increases considerably

A new circular, published by the Ministry of Customs and Trade to remedy a gap in the system for the protection of IP rights by Customs, has allowed right holders to combat counterfeiting more effectively.

26 January 2018

Pharma brands warned not to be ‘trademark bullies’, Turkey on top, and world’s oldest mark: news round-up

We look at Turkey moving to the top of the European trademark filing league, Activision prevailing in a lawsuit in China, and a warning to pharma brands.

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

Turkey is a party to most international IP-related treaties, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which aims to harmonise the legal framework for anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy. Turkey’s new IP Code entered into force on January 10 2017 upon its publication in the Official Gazette. The new law amends decree-laws pertaining to the protection of trademarks, patents, geographical indications and industrial designs, unifying them into a single code.

28 November 2016

Turkey introduces customs training seminars

Due to its location in the worldwide trade route, Turkey has a vital role in the fight against counterfeiting. The European Union and the Turkish government are therefore working together to increase training for Turkish customs officials and are looking to involve IP rights holders wherever possible.

22 July 2013

New online system for customs applications introduced

Following the amendment of the Turkish customs legislation concerning IP protection, IP rights holders can now file customs applications via the website of the General Directorate of Customs in Ankara. These applications cover all imported and exported shipments, as well as goods in transit at all Turkish customs gates and free trade zones.

13 November 2012

Three brand owners cooperate with IP Police Squad to carry out anti-counterfeiting raid

Three brand owners have conducted a collective raid against counterfeiters in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar, one of the most touristic areas of Istanbul. There have been numerous attempts to stop counterfeiting activities in the Grand Bazaar, but individual attempts by brand owners were not sufficient to create a strong impact on counterfeiters. This latest raid shows that a single, well-organised raid is a much more effective course of action.

22 October 2007

Hardline stance results in more seizures of counterfeits in transit

Turkish Secretary of State Kursat Tuzmen has announced that since the beginning of 2007 customs enforcement teams have seized hundreds of thousands of counterfeit goods worth €218 million. This is believed to be the result of the hardline stance taken by the Court of Appeals against transit counterfeit trading, which encourages trademark owners to apply to Customs for seizures.