Business brief 2014: Turkey


Ersin Dereligil and Oktay Simsek

There are three ways to obtain patent rights before the Turkish Patent Institute: (i) by filing a conventional (national) patent application; (ii) by nationalising through the international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT); or (iii) by the European Patent Convention (EPC) route.


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

All of these are equivalent in view of the enforcement of the rights on the others and have the same protection term of 20 years. The conventional route takes three to four years as one prior art search and three-tier examination system is applied. Most foreign patent applicants prefer to take advantage of EPC route.

patents; trademarks; copyright; counterfeiting