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Nimble boutique Alfa Patent Stan Advoka is a discerning choice for non-contentious briefs in the electronics, chemistry and microbiology fields. The set communicates in all three official EPO languages, drafts meticulous applications and has the magic touch to see them through to grant. Its high profile is due in no small part to Selda Arkan and Baris Atalay, Turkey’s first-ever qualified European patent attorneys. Fluent in eight languages, Arkan is a repository of trust for life sciences companies with international ambitions. A prolific author, registered court expert and drafter extraordinaire, Atalay is a favourite among research institutes. The pair are hailed by peers for their professionalism, quality service and can-do attitude.
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.
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ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA represents and advises Turkish and international clients in all fields of IP protection. The firm is the result of the merger in 2018 of Alfa Patent, founded in 1997 to help clients obtain, maintain and enforce patents, trademarks and registered designs, and Stan Advoka, which had been very active in the patent field since its creation in 2014.
Both historical firms had grown steadily over the years and retained a diverse roster of clients since their inception. Combined, they have become a leading IP firm in Turkey, with its IP professionals offering expertise in numerous fields thanks to their varied backgrounds.
The merger has also enabled the firm to broaden its practice and offer comprehensive patent consulting services in almost all technical fields. The life sciences, chemistry and biotechnology group is managed by Selda Arkan, the first-ever qualified European patent attorney in Turkey (1997), while the electrical engineering, electronics and computer-implemented inventions group is managed by Baris Atalay, the second-ever qualified European patent attorney in Turkey (2011).
The firm’s partners and IP attorneys regularly travel to visit their clients. They are aware of both the risks and prospects that intellectual property poses and offers. They do not lose sight of business considerations. They stay focused on which part of the invention makes financial sense.
ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA communicates in all three official languages of the European Patent Office. Although it files patent applications most frequently in English, its professionals are competent in prosecuting patent applications in French and German as well.
ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA is involved not only in prosecution; it cooperates with a case-specific selection of litigation professionals in Turkey depending on the preferred language/country of the claimant/defendant to defend their intellectual property in court.
At ALFA PATENT STAN ADVOKA, it’s not only the IP professionals who are deeply committed to their work; clients can also rely on a fully dedicated support staff. The firm keeps both digital and physical archives, which are stored in a fire-resistant room, thus guaranteeing the safeguard of clients’ records.
The team includes the first-ever qualified European patent attorneys in Turkey, currently forming around one-third of all qualified European patent attorneys in private practice in the country.
The firm’s daily patent practice revolves around drafting, litigations, freedom-to-operate analyses and preparing legal and technical advice. The team members are active in epi, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the European Patent Litigators Association and the Association of Intellectual Property Experts. They also coordinate courses for the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), and are actively involved in the CEIPI tutoring activities.
The firm’s professionals have been involved in some notable litigation cases in the past 10 years, including complex cases relating to chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as mechanics.
In addition to tutoring on behalf of epi and the CEIPI, the firm’s professionals also lecture on IP law at engineering faculties in a number of universities in Istanbul. The firm’s partners have published four books and several articles were made on IP law.