In spite of a sluggish economy, Turkish IP practitioners have reason to be optimistic; general awareness of the importance of IP protection is becoming more widespread and domestic patent applications are picking up; more licensing and commercialisation activity can also be seen. The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TPTO) is working hard on expediting the patent application process and at the start of 2019 it announced that applicants can request search and examination reports to be prepared simultaneously. To further encourage applicants, the TPTO has reduced application, registration and other processing fees as part of the Ministry of Industry and Technology support package for industrialists.

Firms: litigation and transactions

Firms: prosecution

Ankara Patent Bureau Ltd

Ankara Patent Bureau is a pioneer of Turkish IP practice; clients take comfort from the firm’s profound institutional knowledge of patent protection, sophisticated IT systems and advisory processes and impressive team of over 100 engineers, lawyers and business experts. Gizem Dilan Özmen takes the helm of the patent practice and brings a comprehensive understanding of patent, design and plant variety law to the table.

Deriş Attorney-At-Law Partnership 

Influential firm Deriş – “one of the most reputed on the market” – has contributed much to the development of IP law, policy and practice in Turkey; for example, Mehmet Nazim Aydin Deriş helped to prepare the Turkish Code of Industrial Property No 6769 at the invitation of the TPTO. The ensemble, which is home to 30 lawyers, 29 registered trademark and patent attorneys, six European patent attorneys and one US patent attorney, manages large portfolios with dexterity and takes on tough national and multi-jurisdictional cases, seeing all tasks through to a successful conclusion. Providing resolute leadership to the patent team is Serra Coral, a patent protection and enforcement maven. She debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 this year alongside Oya Yalvac, with whom she works closely. According to one client: “Serra and Oya are diligent, accurate and prompt and provide an excellent prosecution service.” “Fantastic lawyer” Okan Can is the person to seek out for heavy-duty patent litigation and during touch-and-go transactional negotiations.

Gün + Partners

Illustrious firm Gün + Partners is “a pleasure to work with – its practitioners are highly experienced and really know their clients’ industries”. “The firm runs an outstanding prosecution service,” for which a lot of credit must go to Pinar Arikan, a trademark and patent attorney who has been with the firm since 2004. She acts for many well-known global names with respect to their trademark and patent portfolios. Uğur Aktekin is another key contact for filings and the validation of European patents in Turkey. His clients are market leading in a diverse variety of sectors, including food, electronics and heavy machinery. However, Gün + Partners is best known for its redoubtable litigation and enforcement practice. “The elder statesman of patent litigation in Turkey,” Mehmet Gün is the most experienced advocate on deck; his résumé includes many ground-breaking wins in the life sciences and high-tech theatres. Flanking him on many complex cases is pharmaceutical litigation specialist Selin Sinem Erciyas, an experienced litigator who is lauded for her “impressive efficiency, speed and clear communication”. As one respondent enthuses: “When you work with Selin, you don’t have to wait a second before getting a response to a query!” Another life sciences doyenne is Özge Atılgan Karakulak, who also garners glowing feedback: “She is exceptionally responsive and fantastic in oral hearings.” A rising star on the team is Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın, a managing associate who is eminently comfortable in lead roles in crucial campaigns on behalf of drug originators.

INVOKAT Intellectual Property Services Ltd

Focused on quality rather than on padding its filing stats, INVOKAT is highly recommended for its dedication to securing patent assets which have real commercial value for clients. The boutique is especially recommended for its prosecution proficiency in the chemical and pharmaceutical domains in which experienced industrial chemist Aydin Mutlu specialises. “Detail-oriented, Aydin is someone you can count on to do a great job. He’s personable and easy to work with too.”

Kenaroğlu Avukatlık Bürosu

“If you need to aggressively defend or assert your IP rights in Turkey, Kenaroğlu Avukatlık Bürosu is the go-to firm. It sets the bar for professional care and quality of work.” Yasemin Kenaroğlu, the founding partner, stands out as an “extremely responsive and skilled lawyer who provides clear and concise advice at all times. She is extremely reliable and precise and handles all requests with the utmost professionalism.” Kenaroğlu is in hot demand for representation in complex patent infringement actions and for her negotiation nous, but she is an eminently versatile operator with abundant prosecution and IP strategy expertise.

Moroğlu Arseven 

In the patent world, esteemed full-service commercial firm Moroğlu Arseven is best known for its technology transfer abilities and ability to support company R&D departments with the commercialisation of their innovations. Key contacts for technology companies include Işık Özdoğan, who leads the IP practice; Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar, who blends IP, unfair competition and commercial law nous; and Gökçe İzgi, a trademark maestro with invaluable patent prosecution and licensing experience.

NSN Law Firm

Intellectual property is a central plank of NSN’s broad commercial law offering. Its substantial three-partner, one counsel and seven associate team hits hard in life sciences patent litigation and has an edge over competitors thanks to the support of its outstanding regulatory group. Senior partner Selma Ünlü is an “incredibly smart” and fearless IP litigator who “puts heart and soul into her work”. She and Gülay Göksu form a dynamic duo; their case preparation is flawless and their advocacy skills are finely honed. However, NSN is not just a litigation shop and it gained several new patent prosecution and transactional clients in 2018.

Other recommended experts

Alfa Patent’s chemist and European patent attorney, Selda Arkan makes her debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. Proficient in a remarkable eight languages, including Dutch, French, German, Italian and Japanese, Arkan is a natural choice for international companies. Kazim Dündar of Stock Industrial Property Services is a talented prosecutor. Samiye Eyuboğlu channels her experience as a lawyer at the Turkish Patent Institute to staunchly defend the interests of generic pharmaceutical companies. She can be found at Eyuboğlu Law Firm. For any and all electro-mechanical engineering needs, Erkan Sevinç is the man to call. He makes frequent appearances before the EPO and is a court-appointed expert in Turkey. He plies his trade at Istanbul Patent. As one interviewee rhapsodises: “Every experience with Cahit Suluk is really positive. He handles matters professionally and turns work around quickly.” The renowned academic and fleet-footed litigator can be found at Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm.

Individuals: litigation and transactions

Individuals: prosecution