Akkas & Associates Law Firm is a globally recognized Turkish patent law firm with a long record of excellence and professional leadership in Istanbul, Turkey. Our Turkish patent lawyers help clients obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property rights; patents, trademarks, design patents, and copyrights and Validate European Patent in Turkey. The skills and backgrounds of Akkas & Associates patent attorneys are particularly well suited to aid clients in IP law practice area. Our IP attorneys are licensed to practice before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office. Their technical expertise is balanced with considerable litigation and business experience.

Our Turkish patent lawyers provide a broad range of patent services including; Turkish patent application, registration, protection such as ip litigation, appeal, opposition, cancellation, assignment, monitoring, search, and licensing. Our attorneys also represent our clients in PCT national phase entries in TurkeyEuropean Patent validationpatent annuities in Turkey.

While Akkas & Associates Turkish Patent Law Firm’s client representation ranges from single inventors to large companies, our goal for each client is always the same: to guide our client through the maze of regulations and procedures involved in obtaining a patent so as to secure a patent commensurate with the goals and business strategy of the client. In this regard, our attorneys assist clients to develop intellectual property portfolios that serve specific business objectives so as to yield clear strategic returns. In many cases, this means seeking the broadest claims to which an invention is entitled so as to foreclose competitors from market share. As corporate initiatives are increasingly driven by intellectual property, the quality of patent prosecution advice rendered to a client can have enormous financial consequences.

Validate European Patent in Turkey

All the processes about the European patent application (examination of the structure, search, publication, investigation, registration decision and opposition) are executed by European Patent Office (EPO). European Patent validation affords the same level of legal protection as a national patent; if it is filed in the designated countries within 3 months from the mention of the grant decision on the European Patent Bulletin and it is valid for 20 years as from the filing date.

Validate European Patent in Turkey

A granted European Patent can be validated in Turkey with a single application and registration procedure, upon translation of the specification into Turkish and submission of the other requirements. Moreover, it is possible to enable the European Patent application to have effect with regard to third parties within Turkey, by submitting Turkish translation of the claims to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office during the application stage of the European Patent which are to be published in the official bulletin.

The information and documents required for validation of European Patent according to Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the grant of European Patents in Turkey dated 9 January 2001 are as follows:

For provisional protection under Article 67 EPC, the translation of the claims in Turkish and payment of a required fee are necessary. The provisional protection arises when the translation of the claims is made available to; the public via the Official Patent Bulletin of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.

The following information must be provided with the translation of the claims:

  • EP application and publication numbers
  • EP application and publication dates
  • names and addresses of the applicants and inventors
  • the title of invention
  • the IPC codes
  • the abstract
  • drawing(s) if available
  • priority data if applicable

For validation of a European patent in Turkey, the Turkish translation of the European Patent Specification must be filed within 3 months after the date on which the mention of the grant or the decision to maintain the patent as amended is published in the European Patent Bulletin.

In addition to the above data the number and date of the European Patent Bulletin in which the grant was mentioned and B1 Publication must be provided with the translation of the European Patent Specification. Power of Attorney is not officially required.

Turkish Patent Law

Turkish Patent Law Services

Akkas & Associates Turkish Patent Lawyers’ expertise affords our clients the fullest range of patent prosecution services and capability to render such advice:

  • Preparation and filing of provisional and non-provisional patent applications
  • Comprehensive patent prosecution services in Turkey for patents
  • Prosecution of international patent applications under the PCT
  • Coordination of patent prosecution in foreign countries and regions
  • Counseling on “shop rights”
  • Prosecuting interference contests to resolve priority in invention
  • Patent appeals to the Turkish Patent Institute
  • Filing and opposing reissue and reexamination applications
  • Rendering legal opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of patents
  • Rendering legal opinions on patentability, validity, enforceability, and infringement
  • Patent infringement litigation in Turkish courts
  • Patent appeals in the Turkish Supreme Court
  • Patent portfolio audits, counseling, and management

Patent Law Services in Turkey

To permit our clients to build a patent portfolio that is integrated with their business strategies, we seek early on to understand the strategic goals of each client. We also counsel our clients on how to best build a portfolio that maximizes both core technologies and non-core technologies. Likewise, we counsel clients on processes and procedures for identifying potentially patentable technology and prioritizing inventions based on the strategic goals.

We also work with our clients to ensure they and their employees—inventors, engineers—understand the patent process and follow policies and guidelines that protect against inadvertent loss of rights in an invention. In this regard, we routinely conduct industry and in-house seminars on the patentability process, including procedures on documenting conception of an invention, limitations on public written disclosures of the invention (such as in marketing materials or research papers), use of diligence in pursing an invention, and the disclosure requirements necessary to ensure that any issued patent is as defensible as possible.

The firm provides patent prosecution and counseling services in a wide range of technical and business areas, in almost every industry, and in both the retail and commercial markets, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical technology, manufacturing, financial services, computers, and telecommunications.

Our Turkish patent lawyers provide a broad range of patent services including; Turkish patent application, registration, protection such as ip litigation, appeal, opposition, cancellation, assignment, monitoring, search, and licensing. Our attorneys also represent our clients in PCT national phase entries in TurkeyEuropean Patent validationpatent annuities in Turkey.

Turkish Patent Application Services

While Akkas & Associates’ client representation ranges from single inventors to large companies, our goal for each client is always the same: to guide our client through the maze of regulations and procedures involved in obtaining a patent so as to secure a patent commensurate with the goals and business strategy of the client. In this regard, our attorneys assist clients to develop intellectual property portfolios that serve specific business objectives so as to yield clear strategic returns.

In many cases, this means seeking the broadest claims to which an invention is entitled so as to foreclose competitors from market share. In other cases, this may involve the filing of defensive patents to ensure that a client can operate in a space uninhibited by their competitors. As corporate initiatives are increasingly driven by intellectual property, the quality of patent prosecution advice rendered to a client can have enormous financial consequences.

Turkish Patent Application Lawyers

We also work with our clients to ensure they and their employees, inventors, engineers understand the patent processand follow policies and guidelines that protect against inadvertent loss of rights in an invention. In this regard, we routinely conduct industry and in-house seminars on the patentability process, including procedures on documenting conception of an invention, limitations on public written disclosures of the invention (such as in marketing materials or research papers), use of diligence in pursing an invention, and the disclosure requirements necessary to ensure that any issued patent is as defensible as possible.

One critical component to developing a patent portfolio with the greatest possible value to a particular client is to monitor the direction of research and types of patents that are being filed. All too often, companies expend resources pursuing non-core technology that does not fit into any identified strategy of the company.

In another regard, we assist our clients in assessing possible commercial return on investment in the inventions for which patents are sought. Owners of intellectual property rights must insure that they do not fall into the trend of expending a significant amount of resources that only yield incremental increase in the owner’s patent portfolio.

The firm provides patent prosecution and counseling services in a wide range of technical and business areas, in almost every industry, and in both the retail and commercial markets, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical technology, manufacturing, financial services, computers, and telecommunications.

Patent Annuities in Turkey

Patents and applications thereof may be kept in force as long as annual fees are paid. The due date for an annuity payment in the Turkish Patent system is the corresponding filing date in each subsequent year for conventional patents / utility models and European Patent applications and it is international filing date for PCT national phase entries. Any annuity may be paid subject to a fine within 6-month grace period following its due date in Turkey. After termination of the grace period, lapsed protection can be obtained by submitting an acceptable excuse for non-payment and requesting reinstate of the patent.

Patent Annuities in Turkey

Patents with examination are protected for 20 years, patents without examination are protected for 7 years and utility models are protected for 10 years. For the patents without examination, an examination request may be made within 7 years and then the term of the patent may be completed to 20 years. Patents and utility models must be used in the market within 3 years.

Official fees, namely “annuities” should be deposited in the Turkish Patent Institute by a representative of the company or a patent agent firm. They are payable for second and each subsequent year following the relevant filing date, that is, Turkish filing date for conventional applications, international filing date under PCT or EPC.

The annuities which are due or over due should be paid in advance upon entry in Turkish Phase. Payment of an annuity may be delayed for 6 months by paying a fine. Delays in meeting time limits for payment of annual fees may be excused in case of force majeure.

PCT National Phase Entries in Turkey

A PCT application in the National Phase can be filed in Turkey upon completion of the required documents. PCT applications entering into national phase are not subject to search procedure since International Search Reports are readily accepted by Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. After expiration of the 30-month period, Turkish translation may be filed within a month by paying an additional fee. The entry into national phase may be made belatedly within 3 months following the end of 30-month period, upon payment of the official filing fee with a fine.

PCT National Phase Entries in Turkey

Applications entering into national phase in Turkey under Chapter II are automatically prosecuted according to patent system with (substantive) examination whereas for applications entering into national phase in Turkey under PCT Chapter I, applicant has the option to choose either of the patent systems.

The information and documents required for entering the national phase of a PCT application in Turkey are as follows:

  • Copies of the request form
  • International publication
  • International Search Report
  • International Preliminary Examination Report (with annexes if any)
  • Any notification of change forms, if any

In addition, we also require the information as to how the applicant(s) obtained the right to apply for a patent from the inventor(s) for which no documentary evidence is required. The certified priority documents are not necessary.

No documents which should be executed by the applicant(s) and/or inventor(s), such as power of attorney, deed of assignment are required for filing a new patent application or entering the national phase of PCT application in Turkey.

Turkish Utility Model Law Services

Turkish Utility Model Law

While Akkas & Associates‘ client representation ranges from single inventors to large companies, our goal for each client is always the same: to guide our client through the maze of regulations and procedures involved in obtaining a utility model so as to secure an utility model commensurate with the goals and business strategy of the client. In this regard, our attorneys assist clients to develop intellectual property portfolios that serve specific business objectives so as to yield clear strategic returns. In many cases, this means seeking the broadest claims to which an invention is entitled so as to foreclose competitors from market share. In other cases, this may involve the filing of defensive utility models to ensure that a client can operate in a space uninhibited by their competitors. As corporate initiatives are increasingly driven by intellectual property, the quality of utility model prosecution advice rendered to a client can have enormous financial consequences.

We also work with our clients to ensure they and their employees, inventors, engineers understand the patent process and follow policies and guidelines that protect against inadvertent loss of rights in an invention. In this regard, we routinely conduct industry and in-house seminars on the process, including procedures on documenting conception of an invention, limitations on public written disclosures of the invention (such as in marketing materials or research papers), use of diligence in pursing an invention, and the disclosure requirements necessary to ensure that any issued utility model is as defensible as possible.

One critical component to developing a utility model portfolio with the greatest possible value to a particular client is to monitor the direction of research and types of utility models that are being filed. All too often, companies expend resources pursuing non-core technology that does not fit into any identified strategy of the company.

In another regard, we assist our clients in assessing possible commercial return on investment in the inventions for which patents are sought. Owners of intellectual property rights must insure that they do not fall into the trend of expending a significant amount of resources that only yield incremental increase in the owner’s utility model portfolio.

The firm provides utility model law prosecution and counseling services in a wide range of technical and business areas, in almost every industry, and in both the retail and commercial markets, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical technology, manufacturing, financial services, computers, and telecommunications.

Differences Between A Patent And Utility Model

No inventive step is sought for the utility models. In addition, no utility model protection is possible for the methods, the products resulted from such methods and chemical substances.

Novelty: Novelty should be absolute. In other words, the invention should not be explicitly expressed in written form or in any other means or used in the manner to be accessed by the people in all around the world.

Inventive Step: The invention should not be obvious to a person skilled in the field of the invention.

Industrial applicability: the invention should have the ability of practical application rather than theory.

Issuance of utility model certificate is in favor of the applicant in terms of cost and short process time and it is much easier due to the fact that no examination and search procedures are applied.

The utility model is less costly compared with the patent and it is certified in a much shorter time.

In the patent applications to be filed to the Turkish Patent Institute, the description which explains the invention is required, not the product which is the subject of the invention.

Reach our Turkish Patent Lawyers

Akkas & Associates is a solution-oriented law firm that empowers clients to meet the diverse and changing demands of today’s intellectual property law. Since 1992, our lawyers have been helping clients’ complex legal challenges and maximize opportunities for success. Our law firm is now one of the leading Patent law firms in Istanbul, Turkey. You may reach us for Turkish Patent Lawyers through our Contact page.