On July 15 2016 the Omnibus Act amended the Cheque Law (5941) regarding the issuance of cheques, bounced cheques and the liability of cheque issuers and banks. In addition to introducing new provisions (eg, the requirement to register cheques under the two-dimensional barcode system), the Omnibus Act reintroduced previously abandoned criminal liability for bounced cheques. In this regard, Article 5 of the Cheque Law imposed a judicial fine of up to 1,500 days per...»
The coming into force of the Regulation on the Code of Conduct and Discipline of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office for Patent Attorneys and Trademark Attorneys, crystallised for the Board of Directors of FICPI Turkey the subject of the opening seminar as the Code of Conduct and Discipline Rules. The Board decided to organise two seminars in collaboration with the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office to reach as many patent and trademark attorneys as possible.
The first s...»
It is without a doubt that countries across Europe and the Middle East have experienced a flood of difficulties over recent years. Turkey has also experienced tough times, particularly in 2016 due to the increase in terrorist attacks, failed coup attempt, the ongoing state of the emergency situation and political instability in Turkey’s neighbouring countries. These political issues have generated uncertainties surrounding the Turkish economy, which resulted in a decrease in ...»
Is your country party to any bilateral or multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments? What is the country’s approach to entering into these treaties and what, if any, amendments or reservations has your country made to such treaties?
Other than the multilateral treaties on family law, Turkey is not a signatory to multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. However, Turkey...»
Turkish Court of Appeal recently upheld two IP court decisions regarding bad faith
Cases concerned the SKINCODE 2 SWITZERLAND and BIELENDA trademarks
The cases reiterate the principle that there is no protection in law if a person has acted in bad faith
The Turkish Court of Appeal has recently upheld two decisions dated June 21 2017 rendered by the Civil Court for Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights (IP court) which determined bad faith by the applicant in terms of ...»
Elektronik Ticaret: Hangi Yükümlülüklere Dikkat Etmeli?
İnternet, hayatımızın birçok alanında olduğu gibi ticaret alanında da oldukça önemli değişikliklerin gerçekleşmesine yol açtı. Önce dünyada sonra da ülkemizde elektronik ticaret siteleri ortaya çıkmaya başladı. Bu e-ticaret siteleri sayesinde, alıcı fiziken herhangi bir yere gitmeye gerek kalmaksızın satıcının sattığı ürünü bilgisayarından veya cep telefonundan inceleme ve sipariş etme imkanına kavuştu. Bu durum hepimizi...»
Hande Hançar Çelik, partner and co-chair of our TMT practice, will speak on legal developments in global advertising and its reflection on Turkey at ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago, IL, USA from Nov 13-15, 2017.
The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) published the Proof of Use Guidelines on April 28 2017 (please see “Turkish Patent and Trademark Office issues guidelines for proof of use of trademarks in opposition proceedings”), after the non-use defence was enacted by the new Industrial Property Code 6769 (IPC). In order to clarify the use and functions of this new procedure, the PTO issued an updated version of the guidelines on September 30 2017.
The PTO has added two major...»
The removal of product identification codes is a phenomenon and topic which trademark owners in certain branches have been dealing with for decades. In many cases, these codes not only allow the identification or tracing of the product for product safety reasons (product recalls), but may also serve the purpose of identifying the authorized reseller to whom a product was initially delivered by the brand owner. In particular, perfumes, cosmetics, and alcoholic beverages are fr...»
In June 2017 the Supreme Court rendered an important decision concerning the protection of employees’ privacy rights. The court reversed a first-instance labour court decision and ruled that the dismissal of an employee was unlawful on the grounds that (among other things) the employer had used the employee’s WhatsApp conversations (obtained in an impermissible way) as evidence, thus violating the employee’s right to privacy.
A group of employees presented a collective ...»
The new Communiqué on the Pricing of Medicinal Products for Human Use (“Communiqué”) has been enacted on 29.09.2017. The Communiqué keeps the general framework of the pricing of pharmaceuticals, although it brings a few changes as foreseen in the Decision dated 24 February 2017 the Council of Ministers No. 2017/9901 (“Decision”)
The Communiqué introduced two new terms: “real source price” and “source price” which does not change the pricing system. The “real source price” is...»
New developments in Turkey could reignite an appetite for foreign investment into the region.
It is without a doubt that countries across Europe and the USA have experienced a flood of difficulties over recent years. Turkey has also experienced tough times, particularly in 2016 due to the increase in terrorist attacks, failed coup attempt and the ongoing state of the emergency situation and political instability in Turkey’s neighbouring countries. These political disorders ha...»