Founding Partner at OFO VENTURA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND LITIGATION
Özlem Fütman is a qualified IP litigator, Turkish trademark and patent attorney and European patent attorney who has more than 20 years’ experience practising IP law in Turkey – first as an in-house counsel where she handled the IP portfolio of one of the largest companies in Turkey, then in private practice at a reputable IP firm, before she founded OFO VENTURA in 2002.
In the patent field, Ms Fütman has broad experience in managing patent portfolios effectively for the high-profile national and international clients in various industries, from pharmaceuticals to agriculture and electronics. She applies her considerable experience, tenacity and creativity to the handling of the more complex matters such as patent litigation, invalidity and declaratory actions, settlement negotiations, as well as licensing. Her clients span all industries, including, electronics, online games, textile, cosmetics, dermo-cosmetics, agriculture and software companies.
Ms Fütman is an officially appointed expert before the IP courts in Istanbul and is a sworn English translator.
As a leading expert in geographical indications (GIs), Ms Fütman is a member of MARQUES’ GI Committee and the European Communities Trademark Association GI Committee; she has also spoken and written on the topic extensively. She is an active member of the Regulatory Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Turkey) as well.
Ms Fütman has participated in many other committees and organisations over the past 20 years and is a member of the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the International Trademark Association, MARQUES and the Turkish Patent and Trademark Agents Association.
Ms Fütman has been called on to speak at various conferences and events, and writes extensively on developments in Turkey including for the most popular IP blog in Turkey (IPR Gezgini), which is followed closely by all members of the IP community in Turkey (see https://iprgezgini.org/author/ozlemfutman/).
Ms Fütman graduated from the Istanbul University Law Faculty in 1993 and completed her master’s at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2005 in intellectual property, commerce and technology.