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Market powerhouse Gün + Partners has a stellar list of multinational clients spanning the media, retail, energy and finance sectors, for whom it handles patents, trade marks, anti-counterfeiting and IP prosecution. In a recent highlight, the team represented multiple clients, including Gucci and other fashion brands in a raid on counterfeit goods in Turkey, which resulted in the seizure of 2.1 million fake goods. The practice is jointly led by Uğur Aktekin, Mehmet Gün, Özge Atılgan Karakulak and Barış Kalaycı, who is ‘an expert in anti-counterfeiting matters and the go-to person for brand protection’. In January 2017, the firm strengthened the practice by inviting Güldeniz Doğan Alkan, Mutlu Yıldırım Köse and the recommended Zeynep Seda Alhas into partnership.

Moroglu Arseven is recommended for its ability to ‘provide practical insight and astute legal guidance in a holistic manner’. The department covers the full array of IP-related services, such as trade mark enforcement, prosecution and litigation as well as patent enforcement and licensing, and stands out for its ‘creative approach in handling significant and complex matters’. With significant experience in various sectors, including IT, pharmaceuticals, retail and automotive, the team advises well-known multinational companies such as Amazon, Toyota and Starbucks. The practice is led by the ‘highly effective and responsive’ Işık Özdoğan; the recommended Gökce Izgi and Ezgi Baklac Gülkokar are also active in the sector. Another standout figure is senior associate Ece Berkman.

Creative, knowledgeable and business-oriented’, Deris Attorneys at Law Partnership is experienced in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation, licensing, trade marks and patents. The sizeable team is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals, electronics and retail sectors. Sertaç Koksaldı heads the patent department and the ‘creative’ Berrin Kalenderli handles trade mark matters, such as trade mark infringement, enforcement, application and opposition. ‘Standout figure’ Okan Çan is also recommended.

The IP department at Güner Law Office advises on trade mark registration and protection, licensing agreements and copyrights. On the contentious side, the team is experienced in trade mark infringement, and represents clients before the Turkish Intellectual Property courts. The client base predominantly includes local and international companies from the media, entertainment and telecoms sectors. Ece Güner heads the practice; Burçak Kurt Biçer is another key figure.

The ‘excellentNSN Law Firm handles contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, such as investigation, registration, litigation and enforcement. Recent activity included advising multinational clients on patent litigation, copyrights, trade mark protection, opposition and trade mark transactions. The team is led by Nazlı Selek and Selma Ünlü, who provides ‘appropriately tailored, commercial advice.’ The client base includes local and international companies from various sectors, such as advertising, media, entertainment, life sciences, IT and telecoms.

BTS & Partners advises IT and pharmaceuticals companies and start-ups on trade mark and copyright infringements and prosecution. The team is also experienced in domain name matters, regulations and due diligence. Yasin Beceni and Selin Beceni are active in the sector.

The ‘excellentCahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm covers the areas of copyright, patents and design rights and is particularly active in trade mark prosecution and litigation. The team is led by Cahit Suluk and advises clients from the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, IT and manufacturing sectors. Longstanding clients include national broadcaster TRT, ATV and Turksat.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz lead advice on contentious and non-contentious IP matters and cover copyright matters, trade mark registrations, cancellations, infringement and litigation. The client roster includes well-known companies from the media, IT and entertainment sectors, such as Twitter, Google and YouTube.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IP department is recommended for its ‘practical approach and commerciality’ and advises clients on trade mark infringement, enforcement and prosecution, portfolio management, copyright and transactional IP matters. Senior associate Mine Güner heads the team and ‘keeps up with both local and international changes in the sector’. Clients include Unilever, Hasbro and Swarovski.

Bige Yücel heads the IP practice at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke and handles trade mark applications, transactional IP work, enforcement of IP rights, and infringement litigation. The team also advises on domain names and copyright protection. The client base includes Golf Sigorta, Venue International and Atos.

The ‘efficient and pragmaticTurunç handles patent and trade mark disputes and the IP-related aspects of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. Noyan Turunç heads the department and counsel Esin Çamlıbel is also recommended. Recent highlights include advising Borsa Istanbul on the IP components of its partnership with Nasdaq OMX, including trade mark, copyright and licensing issues.

Galip Selçuk jointly heads the IP practice at Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki alongside Özgür Akman. The team advises on trade mark registrations, cancellations, renewals and disputes. The client roster includes Bainbridge Holding, Mynet Medya and Yemek Sepeti.

Tolga Semiz heads the IP department at CCAO and is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. The team advises on trade mark applications, cancellations and opposition actions. Clients include Altona Cosmetics Technology, MGM Resorts International and Mafag-Reflexa.

Çaga & Çaga’s IP department focuses on disputes and represents clients before the Court of Intellectual Property. Another key feature of the practice is advice on licensing and copyright contracts, patent and trade mark regulations, applications and protection. Erdem Değerli and İdil Çağa Değerli are the key figures.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm advises companies from the IT, media and advertising sectors on licensing, infringement, regulatory compliance, brand protection and contentious matters. Clients include Verifone Turkey, GittiGidiyor and the Advertising Agencies Association. Kağan Dora and Ayça Arancı head the team.

Kenaroglu Intellectual Property is particularly active in trade mark prosecution, enforcement and litigation, and is recommended for its ability to ‘navigate complex disputes and infringements successfully’. The team is led by Yasemin Kenaroğlu, who is experienced in anti-counterfeiting and oppositions to trade mark applications.

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership has experience in anti-counterfeiting matters, trade mark prosecution, litigation, industrial designs, patents issues and copyright. Esra Dündar L’Oiseau heads the team and advises multinational companies such as Chanel, Renault and Volvo on IP law.

Pekin & Pekin handles trade mark transfers, cancellations and litigation and is particularly active regarding the IP aspects of contracts and transactions. Yegân Liaje heads the practice; Gökben Erdem Dirican and Ahmet Bağcı handle litigious work. Kemal Serdengeçti left the firm.

TILegal - Topdemir Inandioglu Komuc Law Office combines ‘international working standards with excellent local knowledge and sector expertise’ and is particularly active in patent litigation, anti-counterfeit and trade mark matters. Practice head Emre Durgun, previously at DLA Piper Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi, joined the firm in April 2016.

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