Trademarks

Trademarks

Turkey is a signatory state of the TRIPs Agreement and a party to the Custom Union Agreement with the EU. Marks are registered with the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office as Service Marks and Trademarks. The protection term is typically ten years to be renewed in ten-year intervals. To eliminate risk of rejection by the trademark registering authority in certain classes, it is recommended to conduct a prior trademark search. Power of attorney can be filed subsequent to the actual filing date of the application. The right of priority is needed to be evidenced in three months subsequent to the filing date. An application is expected to be processed in no more than around 12 months and the publication period for third party objections is three months.

Under the new Industrial Property Law 6769 in force as of 10/01/2017, trademarks can be registered in any form including sound and motion trademarks. The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is now, effective as of 10 January 2024, competent to revoke trademarks if a trademark is not used.