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Significant Changes in IP law in Turkey

The new Indsutrial Property Law, bringing together previous Decree Laws on trademarks, designs, and patents together and introducing substantial changes in Turkey, became effective as of January 10, 2017.

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Beyonce to defend her name

IP courts resolved the dispute over the well-known name BEYONCE. After registration of her name by different Turkish companies, the famous singer and actress BEYONCE KNOWLES represented by Alimo´┐Żlu Oru´┐Ż instituted actions for invalidation of these registrations. In their rulings, all IP Courts acknowledged the notoriety of the name of the singer.

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Local Court Holds Transport Company Not Responsible for Counterfeit Products

In a recent case, Istanbul IP Court reviewed the dispute between brand owner, known with its famous and highly expensive bags, and a transportation company. The bag manufacturer claimed compensation against the transportation company for 20 counterfeit bags detected during the customs procedures.

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New Zealander Fashion Designer Victorious Against Turkish Trademark Pirate

Bakirkoy IP Court issued its decision in a fight for the trademark KAREN WALKER. In the action brought forward by the New Zealander designer KAREN WALKER, the Court decided to cancel the registration of the Turkish company for the mark KAREN WALKER. Represented by Alimo´┐Żlu Oru´┐Ż, the well-known designer argued that it has created the mark in dispute years ago, made it well-known by extensive use and registration worldwide, and has invested in tremendous amount of money for protecting the mark.

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Constitutional Court Cancels Article related to Non-Use Actions

With its decision dated 09 Aril 2014, the Turkish Constitutional Court decided to cancel article 42/1(c) of Decree Law on Protection of Trademarks Numbered 556. This decision came after the claim brought before the Constitutional Court by Istanbul 4th Civil Court of Intellectual and Industrial Rights.

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Google Drives Driverless

The search giant Google patents a method to switch a vehicle from a human-controlled mode into the state where it takes charge of the wheel. The firm suggests the technology could be used to offer tours of tourist locations or to send faulty models to repair shops.

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Turkish Patent Institute revises its practice in Class 35

The Turkish Patent Institute in its eagerly awaited decision issued on October 20, 2011 declared that it changed its practice in class 35. The change came after the developments in the world, critics, court decisions, and the practice of WIPO Nice Classification Experts Community on how to interpret the services commonly known as "sales services".

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Trademark - Keyword Battle Yet Again

INTERFLORA, the US-based and the world's largest flower delivery organization sued MARKS AND SPENCER for sponsoring the word 'Interflora' as a search engine keyword. The issue has been reviewed by the European Court of Justice at different levels and aspects in another case known as like Google France.

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"Google Suggest" Found Liable for searches

Google Suggest is software developed by the leading search engine that shows the search result as soon as the letters of searched word is entered into the search line and changes right after the following letter. In a recent case in Italy an internet user sued Google for the service.

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Big raid at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Having received a notice from an unknown sender, the police raided more than a hundred stores in the historical and most visited shopping center Grand Bazaar of Istanbul to chase counterfeit goods. The operation actually started after the failure of the earlier police raid at the stores in the Grand Bazaar.

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Giants Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The development of e-commerce forces trademark giants to seek for options to prevent trademark abuses and counterfeit goods. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed in Brussels on May 04, 2011 and will enable the signatories to better enforce their rights for sales of goods over the internet, involves e-commerce giants such as e-bay, Amazon and other well-known marks such as Lacoste, Adidas, Burberry. The main goal of Memorandum of Understanding is to establish a code of practice in the fight against the sale of counterfeit goods over the internet.

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Intellectual Rights Common Database About to Set

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which regulates copyright regime, issued a regulation governing the database related to intellectual rights. The main objective of the database, formed in accordance with additional article 9 of Intellectual and Artistic Works Law numbered 5846, is to collect and share common data with respect to the work, performance, phonogram, production, users, work owners, vocational organizations during investigation and trial.

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New Domain Name Regulation

Although it will become effective when TRABIS (.tr Network Connection System) is set, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication takes advance step to regulate new domain name system

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WIPO to Provide Dispute Resolution Services for TV Show Format Industry

WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) and the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) are to join forces later this month in providing alternative dispute resolution services to address problems of format plagiarism or the unauthorized copying of television (TV) formats, such as those used for game, reality or talent shows and sitcoms. Programs using these formats are often remade in different markets using local parties.

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Apple Faces Trademark Infringement Action in Turkey

The world´┐Żs most famous computer and peripherial devices´┐Ż company, Apple faces with a trademark infringement case in Turkey. Apple uses a program called SAFARI as its web browser in its products Macintosh, iPod, and iPhone. Gozen Optik, a local Turkish company which registered the trademark SAFARI for goods covering computer programs in 2007,sent warning letters to Apple´┐Żs authorized dealers through notary to stop sales of products with SAFARI program.´┐ŻThe attorney of GOZEN claims that ´┐ŻApple wanted to get the trademark from her client free but there had no deal. Claiming that Apple registered the trademark in 49 different countries but not in Turkey so they will seek for injunction from Court to stop the infringement.´┐Ż

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Turkish Inventors Return with Three Awards

The world’s one of the most prestigious and specialized fairs, iENA (Ideas - Inventions – Innovations) was held from 05th to the 8th November in Nurnberg, Germany. From more than 800 presented inventions from 34 countries and specialized visitors from 44 countries, the Turkish inventors were awarded with 1 silver and two bronz medals in free inventions.

The three Turkish inventors and their inventions are:
Silver Medal: Sermet ELÇİ – Angle and Grade Meter
Bronze Medal: Sıla TOKSÖZ and Ledun AKYÜZ -  Microbiogical mine detection system
Bronze Medal: Fazıl Serdar GÜREL – Prismatic Vertical Elevator
The next "iENA Nürnberg" will be held from the 28th to the 31st of October, 2010.

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Practical measures to fight counterfeiting

The European Commission has adopted a Communication outlining a series of practical, non-legislative measures to combat counterfeiting and piracy and to improve the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the European internal market.

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Not Trademark Infringement says Advocate General

In an action in France involving Google and Louis Vitton, The Court de Cassatson has asked the Court of Justice whether Google committed a trademark infringement by making available keywords and whether Google may be held liable for the content featured in AdWords,he stsytem that enables ads to be displayed in response to keywords.

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Member States Simplify International Design Registration System

WIPO Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs.

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Seizures in Customs in EU Hits a Peak

According to the statistics published by the European Commission the increase relating to goods infringing trademarks, patents, designs, and related rights reached the highest level ever, with an increase of 13% over 2007.

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USPTO Opens Exhibit of Michael Jackson's Patent and Trademarks

The US Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson's patent and trademark applications.

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Pirate Store Hunting in China

The imitation of stores and by pirates in China has not slowed down.

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European Patent Office Seeks Best Inventors

The European Inventor Award 2010 has been opened to the public.

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Istanbul Police raid "pirate" ship

A few days ago after a long investigation, the Istanbul Police raided a ship containing pirate materials, including music and game CDs and DVDs, and books.

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Another Controversial Decision from WIPO's Domain Name Authority

WIPO's domain name dispute resolution authority issued another controversial decision on the domain names www.jonathan-ive.com, www.jonathanive.com, www.jony-ive.com, and www.jonyive.com.

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Technology Transfer Offices to be Opened at Universities

Technology Transfer Offices will be opened at universities to carry out patent studies to make the university staff's ideas and works utilizable in market.

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Community Trade Mark Fees Fall By 40% From 1 May

The cost of having a Community trade mark will be cut by 40% to € 900 for online applications from 1 May, the European Commission announced today.

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Record Number of Cybersquatting Cases in 2008, WIPO Proposes Paperless UDRP

Allegations of cybersquatting by trademark holders continued to rise in 2008, with a record 2,329 complaints filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), a quick and cost-effective dispute resolution procedure administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

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Decree Law Numbered 556 on Protection of Trademarks Amended

A new statute amending the Decree Law numbered 556 on Protection of Trademarks was enacted by the Grand National Assembly.

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Number of Patent Applications Peaks

According to the Turkish Patent Institute, the number of patent applications increased as compared to 2006.

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Court Accepts Registration of Trademark by Representative

Registration of trademarks by representatives is of paramount importance as it may be problematic at the end of the relationship.

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New Legislative Changes on The Way

Turkish legislation on the protection of patents, industrial designs, and trademarks is set to change.

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The Institute Clears Its Position on Bad Faith Trademark Applications

Bad faith applications constitute a large part of the applications in the Official Trademark Bulletin published by the Institute every month and delivered to subscribers.

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Media Conglomerate Loses Two gTLDs

Turkey's preeminent media giant DOGAN Holding lost two domain names of hurriyet.net and milliyet.org upon panel decision of WIPO.

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The Institute Releases Notoriety Criteria

The Turkish Patent Institute released a list of criteria which will be considered in evaluating notoriety claims in trademark cases.

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