There is no explicit rule in Turkish Law governing the de minimis principle. There have also not been any settled precedents in the Turkish High Court to shed any direct light on this small but important legal principal.
However, there have been several infringement actions in the IP courts where the Patentee has alleged that a product differing from the Patent’s scope of protection with trifling, de minimis differences, may still infringe the Patent. The Turkish IP Court’s a...»
Both the Industrial Property Code No. 6769 (“the IPC”) and the Regulation on the Implementation of the IPC (“the Regulation”) were published and entered into force in 2017, uniting all IP rights in one Code which were priorly regulated by different decree-laws.
Article 25/7 of the IPC regulates invalidation actions and Article 29/2 regulates infringement actions regarding trademarks. Both articles refer in their last paragraphs to Article 19 foreseeing the procedures for the ...»
Özge Atılgan Karakulak and Dicle Doğan of Gün + Partners explain how the country’s growing healthcare and pharma industries operate under current regulations
Having a population of 80 million covered by an extensive social healthcare system, Turkey’s life sciences industry is still important in size and volume.
Both the Turkish pharma and medical device industries are heavily regulated and mostly in line with EU regulations. All aspects ranging from market access to pricing a...»
On 19 September 2019 the Constitutional Court found that the requirement for employers to pay interest at a rate of 5% for each day that a journalist's overtime payments remain outstanding conflicts with the Constitution. As such, the court repealed this requirement.(1)
Under Turkish law, journalists are subject to the Press Labour Law 5953, which sets out their employment rights, including their right to a salary. Pursuant to the law, where salary payments are not...»
The Intellectual Property Academy was founded by presidential decree in July 2018
The Regulation on the Intellectual Property Academy was published in the Offi cial Gazette on 14 November 2019 and entered into force on the same day
Among other things, the regulation sets out the working procedures and principles of the academy, as well as its educational, consultancy, research and coordination activities
In the past years, several concrete and important steps have been take...»
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been one of the most important regulations for the companies in Europe and also some of the companies in other countries. However, Europe is not the only jurisdiction with a privacy regulation. Various other countries like Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and Australia have privacy laws. A company located in Europe has to take into account the provisions of both the GDPR and the privacy regulations of other countries where it does busi...»
Dicle Doğan and Fatma Sevde Tan, Gun + Partners
On 16 November 2019, a Regulation amending the Regulation on Promotional Activities of Human Medicinal Products (Turkish language) was published in the Official Gazette (numbered 30950). The amendment extends the period during which product promotion representatives can obtain their certificate of competency.
Pursuant to the Regulation on Promotional Activities of Human Medicinal Products, product promotion representatives for h...»
WIPO has received a communication from Turkey withdrawing its declaration under Article 14(5) of the Madrid Protocol
As of 18 October 2019, Turkey can be the subject of a subsequent designation in respect of international registrations effected before 1 January 1999
It is believed that this development may result only in a slight increase in the number of designations under the Madrid Protocol
Turkey joined the Madrid Protocol on 1 January 1999. Since then, it has been poss...»
Insurance sector, with its non-penetrated potential, has long been considered as one of the prospective vanguards of the economy. The latest developments signify these high hopes held for the insurance market and its contributions.
Turkish government has an objective to be the 10th biggest economy in the world by 2023, aiming to generate US$2 trillion worth of gross national product. In line with this objective, the government has the insurance sector, among others, in its...»
The first step has been taken towards the judicial reform, which has become a hot topic recently. With the Law No. 7188 on Making Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure and Certain Laws (“Law No. 7188”) dated 17 October 2019, which took effect with its promulgation in the Official Gazette No. 30928 of 24 October 2019; critical amendments have been made particularly with regards to the criminal procedure. Among these amendments, the ones which are considered to affect th...»
Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (“the Office”) published The New Trademark Examination Guideline (“Guideline”) on September 30, 2019. The guideline defines the criteria regarding the examination of trademark applications on absolute grounds within the scope of Industrial Property Code (“the IP Code”) that came into force in 2017.
The Guideline aims to update the previous guideline which was in force since 2011, clarify the principles of absolute grounds for refusal that a...»
The Trademark and Patent Offi ce refused to register Škoda Auto AS’ mark SUEDIA for automobiles on absolute grounds
The Re-examination and Evaluation Board found that, although the term ‘Suedia’ means ‘Sweden’ in Romanian, such meaning would not be readily perceived by the average Turkish consumer
This decision adopts a broader interpretation of distinctiveness for marks that include a geographical name in a language that is not widely known to the relevant public
A recent ...»