Following the withdrawal of its declaration under Article 14(5) of the Madrid Protocol, Turkey can now be the subject of a subsequent designation in respect of international registrations effected before 1 January 1999 - the date on which Turkey joined the Madrid Protocol.
In a victory for the Czech car manufacturer, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board has upheld Škoda Auto AS’s appeal against a decision of the Turkish Trademark and Patent Office refusing to register the mark SUEDIA for automobiles.
Following an unfavourable first-instance decision, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office Re-examination and Evaluation Board has recognised on appeal by eBay Inc that the trademark EBAY is well known in Turkey.
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.
Several pharmaceutical trademarks exist that have not yet been put to use, mostly as a result of licensing problems, and are therefore vulnerable to non-use defence. Any opposition on the basis of such kinds of trademark can be overcome by non-use defence.
Important amendments to the Turkish Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Property Code were published in the Official Gazette on 8 July 2019.
Political and economic circumstances have made it difficult for domestic brands to build value, which could prove to be a setback for future growth. However, this could also create opportunities for law firm practitioners.
Designs are protected by the new Industrial Property Law (6769), which entered into force on 10 January 2017. According to the new law, both registered and unregistered design protection is available for new and distinctive designs.
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In a dispute between Microsoft and a prominent grocery business in Turkey, the Turkish Re-examination and Evaluation Board has found that the grocery business had acted in bad faith by filing a new application for an unused mark.
The General Assembly of the Turkish Civil Court of Appeals has held that an agreement restricting the use of a mark can later be relied on to prevent the registration of that mark.
Fluid trademarks are fun and innovative marketing tools for brand owners, but as there is no express protection for such marks in Turkey, they can be legally unstable and vulnerable.
Turkey is a tourist hot spot – but as the visitor numbers escalate, so too do the fake products. A good brand protection strategy can help to reduce the visibility of counterfeit products riding on the coattails of a trademark.
Rights holders can significantly benefit from a proficient licensing agreement, provided that both parties uphold their end of the bargain. Depending on the type of agreement, licensees must fulfil various obligations before they can reap the rewards of a well-established trademark.
In a landmark decision, the Turkish Court of Appeals has held that the level of attention of the target consumers plays a significant role in the assessment of the likelihood of confusion.