Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) has established a public company for commercializing the industrial property rights, i.e. patents, utility models, trademarks, designs and geographical signs. The company is named "Turkish Industrial Property Valuation and Consulting Engineering Services Inc. (TÜRKSMD).”
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the President of TURKPATENT has stated that Turkey has currently 1 million 600 thousand registered industrial property inventory and they are passively staying on the shelves and have not been passed on to the real sector, the established companies will contribute to the transfer to the real sector of the property products.
The objective of TÜRKSMD is to assess industrial property assets of the real and legal entities and ensure commercialization of the patented work growing out of R & D.
Ankara-based Company will provide the following services:
In order to realize its aims, TÜRKSMD will establish all kinds of partnerships with domestic and foreign capital companies at home and abroad.
TÜRKSMD will be able to enter the tender in and out of the country and use its rights by establishing facilities, buying, selling, renting businesses, exporting, importing goods and undertaking the projects. The Company will be also able to register and sell these licenses, patents, trademarks, designs and business rights, both directly and indirectly, on behalf of the Company, by the contracts.
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Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is participating in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in Switzerland, from April 11th to April 15th, 2018, with three domestic inventors and their inventions. Various 1000 inventions of more than 700 participants from 45 countries will be introduced during the exhibition organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The exhibition, attracting the attention of industrialists, investors, businessmen in search of innovation, allows the inventors to introduce their inventions and have financial support for commericalizing their inventions. In the exhibition, outstanding inventions are awarded in various categories.
In the last year's exhibition, Turkish inventors:
The following inventions will be exhibited in the boot of Turkish Patent and Trademark Office during the exhibition of this year.
This invention relates to a pot containing a stirrer which is connected to the lid to allow the meal to be stirred at a constant speed while being cooked, and controlled by means of a setting mechanism. Said pot comprises a stirrer which performs the mixing process, a setting mechanism providing movement to said stirrer, and a lid on which the said components are carried.
This invention is an easily portable desktop thermoelectric ice machine which produces ice in a very short time by converting electrical energy from the electric network or battery directly into cold by means of a thermoelectric module consisting of N and P-type semiconductors without using intermediates. In the designed device, a small amount of clean water is automatically or manually placed in the high-heat-conducting ice container (cooler compartment) to produce ice within 1-3 minutes in a needed amount for cooling a person's drink, and the device is operated with a battery or mains voltage. 30-50 gr of ice, which is the average amount of ice needed to cool a drink in a beverage at one time, is herein produced in 1-3 minutes and can be served automatically or manually. The ice container of the device is cooled by a specially designed single thermoelectric module. Special battery or special SMPS power supply is used to operate the module. A special temperature control circuit is used to keep the device's electricity consumption to a minimum. A heat transfer system having a specially designed heat pipe is used to keep the heating surface of the module at ambient temperature.
This invention relates to road safety system for uneven roads, by which the vehicles exceeding the speed limit are trembled and drawn to the level of the speed limit.
Ministry of Justice of Turkey has gradually started to give online access to the decisions of intellectual property and industrial property rights courts and the commercial civil courts for allowing the investors informed of the judicial processes.
As a beginning, the decisions of certain courts will be accessible. In course of time, the decisions of all the commercial and intellectual and industrial property courts will be available to the public through the Ministry's online platform.
Ministry of Justice initiated the project, within the framework of the works of the Coordination Council for the Improvement of the Investment Environment (YOIKK) and the Ministry's Strategic Action Plan, in order for the business to reach the judicial decisions.
The project is aimed for providing transparency in commercial court cases and making those who are interested in investing in Turkey informed of the judicial process in the country.
Ministry has designated the city of Istanbul as pilot region and created a new data field within the National Judiciary Information System (UYAP) for the publication of the decisions of the 34 Commercial Civil Courts and 4 Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights Civil Courts in Istanbul. The decisions of the said courts have been given access to through National Judiciary Information System (emsal.uyap.gov.tr).The decisions of five chambers of the Istanbul District Justice Court, which is the Second Instance Court, has been also provided access.
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In cooperation with Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TÜRKPATENT) and General Directorate for Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education, a patent training unit (Patent Workshop) within the organizational body of TURKPATENT has been opened to provide interactive patent search and practice training for the secondary students and university students.
The unit will guide the students about patent applications, patentability issues, collecting patent information, accessing to patent information databases. The project is intended to be applied at all layers of education, including kindergartens, in the future.
Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) has announced that the applicants of the international patent applications (so-called PCT applications) should pay the search and preliminary examination fees in PCT Fee Tables declared by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) where TURKPATENT is designated as International Search Authority (ISEA) or International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA). TURKPATENT has also officially stated that the search and preliminary examination fees include VAT. The announcement has taken place in Turkish Official Gazette dated 13 February 2018 and will be valid as from 01 January 2018.
Patent Support Programto increase the patenting activity in the country
Patent Support Program, which is conducted in cooperation with The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT), has been amended.
TUBITAK and TURKPATENT signed a new protocol on February 08, 2018 to expand the scope of the patent supports.
Within the scope of the Program, all the costs for international patent applications and international search reports under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) will be funded by TUBITAK provided that Turkish applicants select TURKPATENT as International Search Authority (ISEA) and International Examination Authority (IPEA).
With the amendment of the Program, TUBITAK has included China and South Korea among the countries (USA, EPO, JAPAN) in which the costs for patent applications filed by Turkish citizens or those whose place of business are located in Turkey are supported.
TUBITAK has also substantively increased the amount of the funds paid to Turkish Patent Attorneys / Turkish Patent Agents for their professional development and supporting the inventors.
The cooperation between TUBITAK and TURKPATENT also contributes to the development of TURKPATENT's strong position among international patent offices
The numbers of patent applications filed in Turkey and in the world by the Turkish applicants are quite a low, compared to trademark and design applications of the country. Turkey would like to promote inventive activity and patenting activity by developing new innovation programs.
Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0. and Intellectual Property Lawto be held on February 12th, 2018
"Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0. and Intellectual Property Law", organized by Research and Application Center for Intellectual and Industrial Rights (FISAUM) of Ankara University in Turkey, will be held on Februay 12th, 2018. During the summit, the facts of AI and Industry 4.0.will be academically discussed for the first time in Turkey in the context of general legal aspects and of intellectual property law in particular. Please click here for the poster of the Summit.
Prof. Dr. Habib Asan, the President of Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT), has given an interview regarding the industrial property activities and statistics in 2017 to Turkey's official news agency, Anadolu Agency (AA), on 26 January 2017.
Here are the highlights from the President's interview with the AA:
Turkish Plant Variety Office (also known as Central Directorate for Seed Registry and Certification (TTSMO)) announces its schedule of fees at the beginning of each year. The Office has announced its new schedule of fees on 17 January 2018. The schedule of fees can be found by clicking here.
The Office has also published a separate announcement regarding the requirement for the payment of annuities of the plant varieties which were registered in the earlier years. It calls the owners of the plant varieties to pay the annuities till 31 January 2018 and inform the Office of the payment. The Office has published a list covering all the registered plant varieties and the required amount of annuities for each registered varieties. The list can be downloaded here
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Twitter is not able to register its brand
Periscope for live broadcasting and streaming services in Turkey.
The recent court decision has confirmed that the trademark application filed by Twitter for
Periscope is not allowable due to earlier registered trademark rights of third parties.
Twitter filed a trademark application in Classes 9, 35, 38, 41, 42, 45 for
Periscope in 2015 in Turkey. Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) only allowed registration of the mark "Periscope" for the services
commercial data analysis and commercial advisory in Class 35 after ex-officio decision based on absolute grounds and long opposition proceedings due to oppositions filed by third parties. Subsequently, Twitter filed revocation action against the decision of TURKPATENT before Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights Civil Court of Ankara (Court No. 2 -
First Instance Court). The First Instance Court has recently confirmed that the decision of TURKPATENT is in place, and refused Twitter's claims. Twitter can bring the case to Second Instance Court for further consideration.
Twitter is currently unable to broadcast under the brand name of
Periscope in Turkey. Instead, it uses the brand name
Scope, Twitter user name
Periscope in classes 38 and 41 since 2010.
Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) conventionally announces its performance goals and objectives at the beginning of each year. TURKPATENT has released its Performance Document on 11 January 2018.
In the preface of the Document, Chief Executive of TURKPATENT states that the document covers 48 activities which are planned to be performed within the scope of 17 targets which were determined for 5 strategic goals.
The Document covers two main parts, i.e.
General Information and
Performance Information, each of which is detailed below.
The Performance Document states the powers, duties and responsibilities of TURKPATENT with an organizational chart (as below) and provides actual details regarding the departmental structure, status of human and physical resources and inventory of TURKPATENT .
The Document reports some important tasks and projects completed in 2017 and projects a series of new tasks and goals in 2018, several of which are summarized below:
The part of
Performance Information of the Document refers to the following
Fundamental Policies and Priorities for performing the goals and objectives of TURKPATENT in 2018.
Subsequently, the Document quotes the mission and vision statements of TURKPATENT :
Contributing to the effective protection and commercialization of industrial property rights and serving to the economic and technological development of our country by increasing the awareness of industrial property in all layers of the society and being active in international platforms in the field of industrial property.
Being an Office contributing to the improvement of Turkey's intellectual capital and innovation capacity and giving direction to national and international policy in industrial property
Performance Document states the following strategic objectives of TURKPATENT :
Finally, the Document comprehensively states the performance goals and objectives for 2018. Each performance goal has its own performance indicators and performance activities for its realization. The primary performance goals of TURKPATENT are being provided below:
To put it in a nutshell, TURKPATENT is aiming to use the electronic means, promote the knowledge and capacity of human resources and improve infrastructure for high quality and fast services in 2018 and the following years in view of the newly released
Strategy Document (2018-2022) covering the activities and actions which are planned between 2018 and 2022.
The Performance Document can be reached by clicking here.
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The candidates who passed the general qualification exams for becoming Turkish patent attorney and trademark attorney held on November 11, 2017 will take their vocational qualification exams on January 21, 2018.
Vocational qualification exam for becoming Turkish patent attorney will cover open-ended questions regarding national and international laws and practices of patents, utility models, integrated circuit topographies, designs and geographical indications.
Vocational qualification exam for becoming Turkish trademark attorney will cover open-ended questions regarding national and international laws and practices of trademarks, integrated circuit topographies, designs and geographical indications.
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New Industrial Property Code came into force last year on January 10, 2017 in Turkey.
The Code prescribes the followings for the trademark and designs renewal fee due dates:
According to Old Trademark and Design Decree Laws (Decree Law No. 554 and Decree Law No. 555 ), it was possible to pay the renewal fees for trademarks and designs on the last day of the month covering the anniversary day of the filing date.
New Industrial Property Code prescribed a period of transition, which keeps the provisions of Old Decree Laws applicable regarding the due dates throughout twelve months from the date of entry into force of New Industrial Property Code, which means between January 10, 2017 and January 10, 2018.
The period of transition will end on January 10, 2018 and the renewal fees due for trademarks and designs on and after that date should be paid on the anniversary day of the filing date of trademarks and designs.
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World Intellectual Property Report – 2017published by WIPO
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently published world-wide IP trends analysis based on filings and registrations in 2016. The analysis covers the figures of the national and regional filings and international filings of WIPO .
The report indicates that IP filings upward substantively, the increase rate of trade marks applications and design applications are 16.4% and 10.4% respectively and patent applications 8.4%. The source of most of the growths comes from China as expected always.
In the foreword of the report, it is reported that global patent filings grew by 8.3% and global trademark filing activity by 13.5% – making for seven years of straight increases. Following an 8% decline in 2014 and 1% growth in 2015, industrial design filing activity rebounded strongly in 2016 with 8.3% growth.
We have summarized Turkey’s patent, trademark and design filing activity based on the same report as follows:
According to the report, total registered trademarks in force have reached 863,582 in Turkey. Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) registered 218,137 trademarks in 2016, which makes Turkey 4th in the world in trademark registrations. During the same period, SIPO, 270,810, EUIPO 330,379, USPTO 326,481 trademarks were registered.
Number of trademarks registered by TURKPATENT increased 60% between 2012 and 2016. During that period, share of local residents in the registered trademarks has increased to 84.1% from 76.7%.
According to the report of WIPO, 227,159 trademark applications were filed in 2016. With respect to the number of applications, Turkey ranked 9th in the world. China was ranked first with approximately 3,7 million trademark applications. USA and Japan follow China with trademarks applications of 550 thousand and 450 thousand respectively.
Applications for trademark registrations in 2016 came mostly from the sectors of agriculture, service, research and technology.
14.7 percent of trademark applications were made by non-residents abroad. Germany has ranked first among the non-residents filers with 7,993 applications in Turkey. The other primary countries became United States of America and Switzerland with 4,117 thousands and 2,955 thousands respectively.
The first three countries where domestic residents have applied for trademark registration outside Turkey are the European Union, Iran and the USA.
An estimated 963,100 applications were filed world-wide in 2016, representing annual growth of 10.4%. Increased filings in China accounted for 90% of the total growth in 2016.
TURKPATENT received 46,305 design applications in 2016 and ranked 5th country among other Offices. The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) became the first with total design applications of 650,344. SIPO was followed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; 104,522), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO; 69,120), and the offices of Germany (56,188) and Turkey (46,305).
14.9 percent of design applications (6,894) were made by non-residents. Germany has ranked first among the non-residents filers with 7,993 applications in Turkey. The other primary countries became United States of America and Switzerland with 4,117 thousands and 2,955 thousands respectively. TURKPATENT registered total 48,687 designs in 2016, 7,719 of which pertain to non-residents.
WIPO reported that in 2016, for the first time, more than 3 million patent applications were filed worldwide in a single year, up 8.3% from 2015. According to the report, driving such strong growth was an exceptional number of filings in China, which received about 236,600 or 98% of the additional filings. The next largest contributor was the United States of America (U.S.) with around 16,200 additional filings.
Contrary to good position in trademark and design filings, Turkey is lagging behind in the patent filings and registrations, although substantive growths have been observed in the last 5 years.
TURKPATENT is ranked 23rd in the patent filings among other Offices, receiving total 6,848 patent applications and granting total 1,764 patents in 2016. Non-residents filed 618 patent applications in 2016, whereas residents filed 6,230 applications in the same period. Total 155 patents were granted for non-residents in 2016, while total 1,609 patents were granted for the residents
In respect of the utility model applications, TURKPATENT takes 7th rank (3,534) among other Offices, whereas 1,4% has decreased compared to the previous year (2015).
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Regulation of Technology Transfer Office for Turkish Higher Education Institutions, which was prepared by Council of Higher Education of Turkey (YÖK), was published in Turkish Official Gazette and entered into force.
In accordance with the regulation, Turkish universities will establish Technology Transfer Offices to cooperate between the public and private sectors related to R & D and innovation in universities and to protect the produced information and inventions under intellectual property and put them into practice.
TTO’s will be established by academic staff in the universities’ campuses or in the Technology Development Regions, which are partners of the higher education institution, in order to commercialize the information and the inventions made in universities.
TTO's founding capital may be met from scientific research project sources or revolving fund revenues.
Technology Transfer Offices will contribute to the definition of university R & D strategies, work in harmony with the R & D policies and strategies of the university, promote national and international R & D funds within the university and organize training, seminars, workshops and similar activities in order to benefit much more from these funds. Offices will be assisted in project preparation, application, management and monitoring.
TTO’s will protect the produced information and inventions under the intellectual property rights and provide internship and entrepreneurship services within the university.
Newly introduced implementing regulations on structure and activities of Turkish Biotechnology Institute obligates the Institute to follow the national and international literature and patents in the field of biotechnology, explore and realize new patent application fields and carry out or support these processes on behalf of the researchers as necessary in order to protect and develop the rights of intellectual property within the framework of the procedures and principles to be determined by the Board of Directors as well as propose to the President on initiatives for the purpose of transferring, acquiring, selling and acquiring the ownership of intellectual property rights and licenses.Biotechnology Patents IP Rights Intellectual Property Rights Turkey
TURKPATENT has recently updated its online filing system. By the update, these can be made through online tool: 2nd and 3rd examination requests, submission of Turkish translations for the applications filed in foreign languages; requests for restoration of rights; payment of 3rd annuities of national phase entries of PCT applications.Online Filing Patents Examination PCT Annuities Renewals Turkey
Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) has granted Geographical Indication for Italian "PARMIGIANO REGGIANO", a hard and granular cheese, in Turkey.Geographical Indication GIs Italy PCT Turkey PARMIGIANO REGGIANO Turkey
Patent contest for university students to be organized for the first time by Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) is starting. The contest, which will start with the slogan "Turkey, patent it!", aims to raise awareness about patenting in universities, to equip university students with technical information to be used in professional life or academic studies and to encourage students to have an important place in the technological development of the country. During the contest, university students will be able to apply for online patent applications more easily and free of charge through the website specifically created. Candidates can apply for participating in the contest till December 31, 2017. AWARDS MONEY AWARD First: 30,000 Turkish Lira Second: 20.000 Turkish Lira Third: 10,000 Turkish Lira FAIR SUPPORT Participation in 5 international fairs in Germany, USA, South Korea, Switzerland and Russia OTHER AWARDS Various awards for the top 10 contestants (laptop, tablet, etc.)Patents University Contest PCT Turkey
With the cooperation of Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and Italian Embassy in Turkey, Seminar of Turkish and Italian Experiences for Geographical Indications was held on 20 November 2017 in Ankara.Italy Seminar Geographical Indications Turkey
Qualification examinations to become Turkish patent or trademark attorney were held on November 11, 2017. The candidates took a multiple choice test of 60 questions and exam papers for measuring practical skills. Qualification examinations are held once every two years by the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT).Examination Patent Trademark Turkey
"Seminar of Patenting Practice in the Field of Medical Devices" will be held on November 22-23, 2017 by Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) in cooperation with European Patent Office (EPO). Click here for program details.Seminar Patenting Medical Devices EPO Turkey