Selda Arkan

Senior partner at ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA Ltd Co

Born in Istanbul to a diplomat father, Selda Arkan grew up in Cyprus, Mexico and Germany, becoming fluent in Turkish, English, French, German and Spanish, as well as acquiring a good level of Italian, Dutch and Portuguese, and some knowledge of Japanese.

Ms Arkan obtained her BSc in chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, conducted postgraduate studies on polymers at the Brussels Free University and entered the IP world in 1985 in a Belgian private practice firm, where she worked until 1992. She then joined an IP firm in Istanbul in 1993 and qualified as a Turkish chartered patent and trademark agent in 1996, with the first-ever examination before the Turkish Office.

In 1997 Ms Arkan became the first-ever qualified European patent attorney in Turkey and founded ALFA PATENT, a dynamic firm specialised in obtaining, maintaining and enforcing patents, trademarks and registered designs. ALFA PATENT grew under her management continuously for 20 years and, with a view to cover an even wider range of technical domains, merged with STAN ADVOKA in 2018 to form ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA, where Ms Arkan is senior partner.

Upon the accession of Turkey to the European Patent Convention in 2000, Ms Arkan served at epi on many committees and as a council member (2000-), board member (2000-2017) and vice president (2008-2011). She is also serving on the Disciplinary Board of Appeals of the EPO Administration Council for a five-year term (2018-2023).

Ms Arkan is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Turkish chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, a board member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys Turkey and a member of the Association of Intellectual Property Experts. She coordinates the basic courses of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Istanbul.

Ms Arkan’s daily practice revolves around litigations, freedom-to-operate analyses and preparing legal and technical advice, as well as some drafting and prosecution work.

Professional associations

  • epi

Firm details

Dumen Sokak No 11
Gumussuyu Is Merkezi Kat 4
Istanbul 34427

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