IP amendments and counterfeit raids in Turkey


Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

The Turkish Patent Institute has amended the guidelines concerning trademark similarity examinations, and thousands of counterfeit products have been seized after a raid at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

Amendment to trademark similarity assessment guidelines

The Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) does not have official guidelines on the examination of trademark oppositions. However, established practice has led to unofficial examination guidelines.

The TPI recently made amendments to the guidelines concerning trademark similarity examinations. According to its most recent decisions, the TPI now assesses the similarity of trademarks in a more flexible manner. In other words, the TPI now has fewer reasons for finding trademarks similar than before, and increasingly similar trademarks have a chance of being registered for the same goods and services.

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