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Aural Similarity with VİGOSS Sees off BİGOS Application

The Re-Examination and Evaluation Board of the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) has upheld a decision finding the marks BİGOS and VİGOSS aurally confusingly similar. Bigo Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd Şti, a local manufacturer, filed an application to register BİGOS as a trademark in Class 25 of the Nice Classification. Bulur Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şti filed an opposition on the grounds that the application is confusingly similar to its senior trademark VİGOSS under… »

Bad-faith MAINETTI Registration Hung out to

In a landmark decision, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board (the administrative appeal board) of the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) has upheld an opposition to the registration of the trademark MAINETTI in the name of a local company (Case 2006-M-598, May 4 2006). Local company Hidropres Aski Sanayi Ticaret Limited Sirketi (Hidropres) applied to register the trademark MAINETTI for all goods in Classes 20 and 21 of the Nice Classification, and for services in Class 35.… »

Supreme Court Affirms Extensive Protection for Well-known Marks

In a case published in March 2006 the Turkish Supreme Court confirmed that trademarks that are well known under Article 6bis of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property are protected against confusingly similar third-party applications that cover different goods and services. The decision also confirmed that in the case of bad-faith applications, revocation actions are not subject to time limitation (Case 2005/11-476 E, 2005/483 K, September 21… »

BROWNI not Generic for Chocolate Cakes, Court Rules

The Ankara IP Court of First Instance has ordered that the trademark ULKER BROWNI CHOCOLATE CAKE be revoked on the grounds of likelihood of confusion with the senior marks BROWNI and BROWNI GOLD (Case 2005/23, October 27 2005). Eti AS filed a petition for the cancellation of the registration of the mark ULKER BROWNI CHOCOLATE CAKE held by competitor Ulker AS. Eti had unsuccessfully opposed Ulker’s application on the basis of its senior registration of the mark BROWNI held… »

Ferrari Secures Reverse in Opposition Case

The Turkish Patent Institute has overturned an earlier decision and has allowed Ferrari SpA’s opposition against the registration of a word and device mark featuring a rearing horse design (Case 2005-M-3427, August 17 2005). Turkish company Bisan Bisiklet Moped Otomotiv San ve Tic AS applied to register the mark, which is made up of the word BISAN inside a rectangle placed over a triangle bearing a rearing horse device, for goods in Class 12 of the Nice Classification and… »

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