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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.

02 December 2019

Regulation on Intellectual Property Academy enters into force

The Regulation on the Intellectual Property Academy was published in the Official Gazette on 14 November 2019 and entered into force on the same day. The regulation is significant in that it establishes uniform rules in the fields of copyright and industrial property rights.

17 October 2019

Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications

Following the entry into force of the Industrial Property Code on 10 January 2017, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has announced the issuance of long-awaited new guidelines for the examination of trademark applications.

07 August 2019

Significant amendments to the Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Property Code

Important amendments to the Turkish Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Property Code were published in the Official Gazette on 8 July 2019.

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.

21 February 2019

“We refer to this case as a hydra”: inside Harvard’s battle to protect its brand in Turkey 

Last month a Turkish court ruled in favour of Harvard University in a case centred on the unauthorised licensing of the Harvard name. The legal team behind the case speak to WTR and offer takeaways for trademark professionals.

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.

23 July 2018

New presidential government system brings changes to Patent and Trademark Office's legal framework

The adaptation of the Patent and Trademark Office to Turkey’s new presidential government system created uncertainty as to the legal basis for the office’s existence. However, Presidential Decree No 4 has now re-established the Patent and Trademark Office.

06 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

31 October 2017

Proof of Use Guidelines updated

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) published the Proof of Use Guidelines in April 2017 after the non-use defence was enacted by the new Industrial Property Code 6769. The PTO recently issued an updated version of the guidelines in order to clarify the use and functions of this new procedure.

21 March 2016

New Draft Industrial Property Code unifies previous laws in single code

The new Draft Industrial Property Code was circulated for a period of consultation which finished on March 4 2016 and is expected to be sent to the Council of Ministers within the next few weeks.

18 March 2016

Official Trademark Bulletin now published twice a month

The Official Trademark Bulletin will now be published twice a month. This change is expected to require a much stricter follow-up of the bulletin and the legal opposition deadlines in order to avoid the possible loss of rights due to the increased frequency of publication.

15 March 2016

Turkish Patent Institute changes approach to descriptive foreign words

The Turkish Patent Institute has changed its approach to trademark applications which use foreign words to describe characteristics of the goods applied for.

03 February 2016

Constitutional Court denies possibility of identical trademark coexistence

The Ankara Third Civil IP Court has claimed that the principle of ‘one owner per trademark’ oversteps its purpose and the definition of ‘identically similar’ in Article 7/1(b) should constitute relative grounds for refusal, as stated in Article 8/1(b). The court further claimed that the TPI has only a subjective view of trademarks in terms of their appearance to consumers.

21 January 2016

Trademark applications still subject to ex officio examination for similarity

Following a Constitutional Court decision, trademark applications will remain subject to ex officio examination for similarity by the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) pursuant to Article 7(b) of the Trademark Decree-Law. The onus of preventing the registration of conflicting trademarks thus remains with the TPI.