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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.

01 October 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Turkey

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.

12 August 2019

Court of Cassation issues long-awaited decision on non-use revocation actions

The Turkish Court of Cassation has considered for the first time the legal gap created by the annulment of Article 14 of Decree-Law No 556, which regulated the use requirement for trademarks.

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.

29 January 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Turkey

Turkey has no arbitral institutions that specialise in IP disputes. However, it is accepted that, regardless of their nature, trademark disputes that can be settled between the parties may be subject to arbitration.

08 January 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Turkey

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.

29 August 2018

How to avoid pitfalls in Turkey when it comes to dynamic marks

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.

23 April 2018

Court of Appeals: target consumers' level of attention rules out likelihood of confusion

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.

18 April 2018

SARAY POPPY decision: a new approach to likelihood of confusion and vested rights?

The Turkish Court of Appeal has upheld the striking decision of the Civil IP Court in the SARAY POPPY case, finding 'pop' and 'poppy' to be similar, even though they are generic.

04 April 2018

Victory for Red Bull: IBEX figurative mark rejected on appeal

The Re-examination and Evaluation Board of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has found that the figurative mark IBEX was confusingly similar to the earlier figurative mark RED BULL.  

29 March 2018

Court of Appeal: 'stick' and 'stix' are distinctive for Class 30 goods

In a somewhat unusual decision, the Turkish Court of Appeal has found that the words 'stick' and 'stix' were the dominant elements of the plaintiff's trademarks and that they were distinctive for Class 30 goods.

12 March 2018

Turkish Higher Board takes different approaches to same device element in separate decisions

In two cases involving the figurative marks PELOTON ISTANBUL and CLUB PELOTONIST and the earlier word mark PELOTON, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board has reached similar conclusions but followed very different approaches.

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.

05 February 2018

Use of emblem for GIs and traditional products now mandatory

Following the entry into force of a new regulation on January 10 2018, it is now mandatory to use an emblem on products protected by GIs and on traditional products.