CHANGES FOR TRADE MARKS BROUGHT BY THE INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY LAW

CHANGES IN THE LEGISLATIONS ABOUT PROTECTION OF TRADEMARK

BEFORE
AFTER
Decree-Law No. 556 on the Protection of Trademarks did not include other means of IP Rights, but only regulated protection of trademarks.Industrial Property Law includes regulations about trademark, patent and utility model, etc.
Türk Patent Enstitüsü (Turkish Patent Institute) had been accepting the applications.Turkish Patent Institute’s name changed as Türk Patent ve Marka Kurumu (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office)
Only the signs which could be represented graphically were considered as registerable trademark.The signs which cannot be represented graphically (such as voice, color and movement) can be registered as trademark as long as they are distinctive.
The trademark applications which includes same or very similar trademark to previously registered trademark were being rejected strictly.Previously registered trademark owner can approve new applications which includes same or very similar trademark.
Objection period for published applications was 3 months.Objection period for published applications is 2 months.
Proofs of usage could not be requested from objectors who claim uniformity or similarity to previously registered trademark.Proofs of usage can be requested from objectors who claim uniformity or similarity to previously registered trademark.
There were no legislation about the applications which include incomplete steps.There are special regulations for the applications which include incomplete steps.
There was retroactive sanction of nullity.In addition to retroactive sanction of nullity the proactive sanction of cancellation will enter into force by 2024.

Kerem Utku Örer

TEMMUZ 2017

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