With record numbers of trademark applications, Turkey's lawyers are doing their utmost to stay on top of the workload. Kemal Yamankaradeniz and Ersin Dereligil provide a perspective.
As an emerging market, Turkey is increasingly attracting the attention of trademark owners. In 2011, almost 120,000 trademark applications were filed and Turkey has been ranked number one for trademark applications in Europe, outdistancing France, Germany and the UK.
Over the past 10 years, the number of domestic trademark applications has increased fivefold, reaching 103,000 in 2011; those from foreign applicants merely doubled, to 16,700 according to the official filing statistics. When the corresponding registration numbers are compared, it is apparent that the Turkish Patent Institute (TPE) has had difficulties meeting the demand and issued an average of 50,000 registrations over the past five years.
trademark applications, TRIPS