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Regulation on Licensing of Medicines Amended

On 27 May 2023, the Regulation Amending the Regulation on Licensing of Human Medicinal Products (Turkish language) (Regulation) was published in the Official Gazette numbered 32203. With the amended provisions, a new reason for the suspension of the licence has been introduced in connection with licence transfer applications. To avoid suspension, licence holders must submit documentation showing that the production site complies with the Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines…»

Regulation on Technical Services For Medical Devices Published

On 26 May 2023, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (Agency) published the Regulation on Technical Services for Medical Devices Used for Provision of Healthcare Services (Turkish language) (Regulation) in the Official Gazette numbered 32202. The Regulation has been prepared by the Agency to regulate the qualifications, authorisation, supervision and training of technical services that will support activities such as installation, updates, upgrades, modification…»

The Exception Criteria for Registration Obligation with the Data Controllers' Registry has been Changed by the Decision of the Personal Data Protection Board

The Personal Data Protection Board ("Board"), through its decision dated 06.07.2023 and numbered 2023/1154 published in the Official Gazette dated 25.07.2023 and numbered 32259, has decided to increase the monetary threshold regarding the total annual financial balance sheet from TRY 25 million to TRY 100 million as one of the criteria for exemption from Obligation to Register with the Data Controllers' Registry (“VERBIS”). According to the Board's decision dated 19.07.2018…»

PTO Confirms Similarity of Virtual and Physical Goods in Landmark Decision

A company based in the US opposed an application for goods and services in Classes 25 and 35 based on an earlier mark in Classes 9, 35 and 41 The PTO found that the physical goods/services covered by the application were similar to the virtual and online goods/services covered by the opponent’s mark The similarity of virtual and physical goods/services has recently been a hot topic across the world In a decision issued on 31 March 2023 (which was subsequently finalised)…»

Is Partial Victory a Real Victory?

Upon reviewing two decisions rendered by the Ankara Regional Court of Appeal (“the RCA”) in 2021 and 2023 in independent cases (the cases will be referred as “the 1st case” and “the 2nd case”), it is concluded that if an argument is rejected during the opposition proceedings before the IP Office and no appeal is filed against the non-acceptance of this argument before the Higher Board of the IP Office (even though the decision is in favour of the opponent), the IP Court…»

Payment Calculation Method For Journalist Severance Has Changed

Introduction Law No. 5953 on Arrangement of Relations Between Employers and Employees in the Field of Press (Press Labour Law) sets out the terms and conditions of employment of journalists. Article 6 of the Press Labour Law regulates journalists' entitlement to severance payment and termination of their employment contracts by employers. According to the former wording of the referred article, journalists with at least five years of professional service were entitled to…»

PTO Decision Sheds Light on Protection of Well-known Trademarks

The PTO partially upheld HP Hewlett Packard’s opposition against a mark containing the element ‘HP’ based only on the likelihood of confusion ground On appeal, the board upheld the opponent’s well-known trademark claim Notably, the opponent’s evidence showed the HP marks used in a blue colour and the contested mark displayed the same colour The Re-examination and Evaluation Board of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has rejected a trademark application that…»

The Constitutional Court Rules that the Competition Board's On-Site Inspection Without a Judge's Decision Violates the Right to Immunity of Residence

In 2009, the Turkish Competition Authority (“Authority”) had conducted a preliminary investigation to determine whether there was a violation of Article 4 of Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition ("Law No. 4054"), regarding restrictive agreements, concerted practices, and decisions about price, production, and sales information and forecasts among undertakings being members of the Automotive Distributors Association and the Automotive Industry Association. As a result…»

The Rise of Online Advertising and The Problems Related to Competition Law

Recently, with the fast development of the technology and the extensive use of communication tools and the internet, marketing strategies have also experienced a significant change. Traditional marketing methods have been rapidly replaced by online advertising. Online advertising, which is a form of advertising that utilizes various internet-based channels, as a marketing strategy used on digital platforms to increase trademark popularity, promote sales and create consumer…»

Regulation Amending the Regulation on Insurance Arbitration Has Been Published

The Regulation Amending the Regulation on Insurance Arbitration ("Regulation") entered into force following its publication in the Official Gazette dated 07 June 2023 and numbered 32214.  Separate and aside from the additions made to the definitions article and the expanded duties of the Presidency of the Commission especially regarding the expert lists, the Regulation introduced specific arrangements regarding the working procedures of reporters and objection authorities and…»

Registry Practice Change Relating to Internal Directives for Representation of Companies

Istanbul Trade Registry (the “Registry”) published an announcement on its website regarding the issues to be considered regarding the scope and limits of representation authorization when preparing internal directives on representation. In joint stock and limited liability companies where the powers of the management body of the company are delegated to limited authorized representatives within the scope of an internal directive, it has become necessary to review the existing…»

New Regulations on Nutrition and Health Claims for Food and Food Supplements

New regulations published on the Official Gazette numbered 32169 and dated 20 April 2023 have introduced fundamental changes with respect to use of health claims for food and food supplements and use of nutrition claims. In this regard, the Turkish Food Codex Regulation on Nutrition Claims, covering nutrition claims, and the Regulation on Health Claims for Food and Food Supplements (“Regulation”), covering health claims for food and food supplements, have entered into force.…»

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