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The firm

Kenaroglu is a boutique law office based in Istanbul with liasion offices in Ankara and Izmir. Being internationally oriented and recognised among the top-tier legal service providers, Kenaroglu advises its clients on intellectual property law as well as media and enternaintment law and IT and telecoms.

All the lawyers of the firm are also certified as trade mark and/or patent attorneys and are bilingual and fluent in English. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality enforcement, prosecution, counselling and litigation services to local and international companies.

The firm’s depth of experience in the areas of practice creates a compelling value proposition for its demanding clients and their complex legal needs, and uniquely enables the firm to provide seamless practical advice and creative solutions on a wide range of legal matters in the most responsive, competent, efficient and effective manner.

Kenaroglu’s client portfolio includes worldwide corporations and leading companies in a wide variety of businesses, including fashion, automotive, media and entertainment, electronics, computer software and hardware and pharmaceuticals.

Areas of practice

Intellectual property: Kenaroglu provides comprehensive advisory, transactional and litigation services covering the whole spectrum of trade mark, patent, design and utility model matters to its clients in a wide variety of businesses, including fashion, automotive, media and entertainment, electronics, computer software and hardware and pharmaceuticals.

The firm advises clients with its extensive IP experience and made a name for itself with its ability to create responsive strategies for its clients’ exact needs, especially in trade mark and patent litigation cases. The firm also prosecutes all kinds of IP applications, files and defends against oppositions and appeals before the trade mark and patent office as well as preparing contracts and handling negotiations with remarkable success.

The attorneys also possess extensive experience and a high level of expertise in copyright law and represent broadcasters and publishers in their challenge with pirate broadcasting and publishing, as well as preparation of licences and all other types of agreements in copyright law.

Life sciences: Kenaroglu acts for clients across the entire industry, from technology to medical device companies, and the firm’s experience in regulatory enables it to develop innovative strategies, to manage not only complex litigation but to help clients in other complex business transactions.

Media and entertainment: Kenaroglu provides a full range of legal services to very well-known national and international media groups, broadcasters, publishers, producers and agencies in preparation of contracts, dispute resolution and litigation before civil and criminal courts of first instance and Court of Appeals in connection with media and entertainment law and practice and broadcasting legislation.

IT and telecoms: Kenaroglu also effectively assists its clients in all aspects of Turkish telecommunication and technology law, electronic communication, IT outsourcing, cybersecurity, data privacy and data protection.

  • Contact

  • Yasemin Kenaroglu

  • Other offices

  • Ankara

  • Izmir

  • Number of lawyers: 12
  • at this office: 9
  • Languages
  • English
  • Turkish
  • Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propri?t? Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la PropriĂ©tĂ© Intellectuelle (AIPPI)

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