Firms in the Spotlight Intellectual property

Deris Attorneys at Law Partnership

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Deris, since 1912, has been one-stop shop for IP services with one of the largest and internationally regarded IP litigation, prosecution and advisory team.The firm has been a pioneer in shaping the IP landscape by obtaining the precedent decisions and participating the preparation of the IP legislation upon the invitation of the legislative bodies. Deris …

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Intellectual property in Turkey

Deris Attorneys at Law Partnership

Deris Attorneys at Law Partnership is a dedicated intellectual property firm, which handles protection, enforcement, and prosecution of patents and international trade marks. The firm is a trusted adviser to a number of major domestic and international companies. Mehmet Nazım Aydın Deriş oversees the team, while Okan Can is a highly respected, internationally qualified intellectual property practitioner.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners has a broad and dedicated intellectual property offering, with teams handling patents, trade marks and copyright, anti-counterfeiting, and prosecution. Clients include major names in fashion, automotives, internet services, retail, and life sciences with operations in Turkey. The firm acts on a high volume of complex litigation, dawn raids, and patent applications. The extensive team includes practice heads Uğur AktekinBarış Zühdü Kalaycı, and Özge Atılgan Karakulak, who maintain extensive client bases across key sectors. Other key members include the highly experienced Mehmet Gün, newly promoted partner Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın and Zeynep Seda Alhas.

Practice head(s):

Uğur Aktekin; Barış Kalaycı; Özge Atılgan Karakulak

Other key lawyers:

Mehmet Gün; Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın; Zeynep Seda Alhas

Work highlights

  • Conducted a number of dawn raids for major brands, seizing 2.1 million counterfeit products and winning two court cases relating to counterfeiting.
  • Representing the producer of a new prenatal testing kit in the protection and enforcement of the patent-protecting modified nucleotide, against the local distributor of a Chinese company, producing kits containing infringed modified nucleotides.
  • Assisted one of the world’s leading automotive spare parts and aftermarket companies in obtaining a preliminary injunction from the Ankara courts against a  a local infringer, who registered its trade marks and used them all around the country.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven fields a team of qualified trade mark and patent attorneys, and acts for several major multinational brands throughout the life cycle of their trade mark and copyright issues. The group handles copyright applications, portfolio management and strategic advice, patent applications and litigation, and anti-counterfeiting support. Key sectors include retail, e-commerce, fashion, and automotives. The team is led by global IP specialist Işık Özdoğan, who maintains a broad practice. Gökçe İzgi focuses on commercialisation and regulatory compliance, while senior associate Ece Berkman advises on portfolio management and advertising issues. Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar concentrates on trade mark and unfair competition litigation.

Practice head(s):

Işık Özdoğan

Other key lawyers:

Ece Berkman; Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar; Gökçe İzgi

Testimonials

‘Very reactive and pragmatic, business oriented.’

‘Dedicated and transparent ’

‘The team is responsive and reliable.’

Key clients

Starbucks

Toyota Motors Europe

Twitter

Samsung International

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Porsche

Worldwide Brands

PVH Europe

Fossil

NSN Law Firm

NSN Law Firm has intellectual property as a key focus area, advising and representing clients in registration, investigation, litigation, and enforcement matters. The practice has separate teams focused on trade marks and design, copyright and advertising, and patents and life sciences, reflecting broad expertise across the space. In life sciences, the team handles regulatory issues as well as IP work, often providing regulatory solutions to patent and trade mark matters. The team is led by the highly experienced Selma Ünlü, recognised as an expert in trade marks, alongside media and copyright specialist Bilge Derinbay.

Practice head(s):

Selma Ünlü; Bilge Derinbay

Testimonials

‘NSN gives me the impression that it is very professional and has a thorough analysis of legal issues, which enables us to know the advantages and disadvantages of this case very quickly. In addition, the lawyers of NSN law firm are very friendly and have a very good customer experience.’

‘Professional, timely, effective opinions, understanding of the customer’s business model, understanding of the customer’s strategic purpose, effective decision-making’

‘Extensive knowledge and experience of IP law and they follow up each and every case very closely. Each member of the IP team has a perfect knowledge and experience in IP law. IP team members provide a high level of legal advice and they also manage the global strategies of their client in an effective way. ’

‘NSN Law is very responsive with their answers. In other words, when we ask an inquiry, they usually get back to us within one business working day which makes it great to deal with big corporate clients.’

‘The team is responsive and proactive.’

Key clients

Sky

Soci̇été De Produits Nestle

Vodafone

J. Barbour & Sons

Work highlights

  • Representing Borusan Mannesmann in a trade mark infringement case relating to the Mannesmann trade mark.
  • Acted for Luke Irwin Rugs in an investigation relating to the production of counterfeit and unapproved rug designs by other producers, in violation of a contractual agreement.
  • Represented Raspberry Pi in a long-running application for a trade mark in Turkey, overcoming opposition from a counterparty.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie Internatio

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International specialises in trade mark registration and enforcement matters, acting for major international brands including Victoria's Secret and global entities such as NBC Television. The team, led by senior associate Mine Güner, advises on Turkish copyright and trade mark applications, challenges misuse of brand trade marks, and represents in litigation, including a number of complex and long-running proceedings. The firm collaborates with its wider global brand management practice, utilising developments in legal technology to act on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Mine Güner

Key clients

Louis Vuitton Malletier

NBC Universal

Rotana Hotels

Honda Motor Co

BI-QEM

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Victoria’s Secret in its long-running trade mark case, relating to the Pink brand.
  • Represented NBC Television in a copyright claim relating to its trade mark for the popular Netflix show Umbrella Academy.
  • Represented Jumeirah International in a copyright claim against a party misusing its trade mark, Burj Al Arab.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office specialises in intellectual property work for media, entertainment, and telecoms clients, including transactional IP matters, litigation, and registration and transfer of trade marks and patents. Notable mandates include those from global giants  21st Century Fox and Disney, with the firm supporting these clients with Turkish trade mark and IP issues, notably protection and actor's rights. The team is led by highly experienced IP specialist Ece Güner Toprak, who offers great expertise across advisory and contentious IP, both in Turkey and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Ece Guner Toprak

Key clients

21st Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Disney Enterprises

Fox Networks Group Turkey

Schneider Electrics SE

Gunsan Elektrik Malzemeleri

Sky

Man With A Mic

Istanbul

Endemol Shine Group

Work highlights

  • Managing the intellectual property portfolio of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and its group companies in Turkey for 20th Century Fox brands.
  • Acting on behalf of Gunsan Elektrik Malzemeleri in trade mark litigation issues and advising on the protection of its trade marks.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of Disney Enterprises on trade mark infringement matters.

Kenaroglu Avukatlik Burosu

Specialist firm Kenaroglu Avukatlik Burosu acts for global major brands and companies on advisory and contentious intellectual property matters. The team, led by experienced IP specialist Yasemin Kenaroglu, manages trade mark portfolios, assists with patent and trade mark registration, represents in litigation, and handles disputes relating to enforcement and unfair competition. Senior associate Ugurcan Tekin takes the lead on prosecution and litigation before both the TPTO and the intellectual property courts.

Practice head(s):

Yasemin Kenaroglu

Other key lawyers:

Ugurcan Tekin

Testimonials

‘Yasemin Kenaroglu is one of the top IP lawyers in the country. Responsive, reliable and always keen to find a creative solution. ’

‘From an above-average responsiveness to a high-level detail in their communications, they are a firm who has always shown to be reliable and capable of delivering consistent legal advice.’

‘Particularly Yasemin Kenaroglu, as the leading partner, always presents very personalized advice which clearly results from an in-depth study of the cases. Naturally, this stands out in the fast-paced world of IP.’

‘Very well coordinated, proactive and they are never late in reporting the progress of a case. ’

‘Yasemin Kenaroglu is a brilliant professional. She is always available and responds quickly. I appreciate her practical point of view with solutions that are not standard but applied to the specific case. Very resolutive.’

Key clients

VOLVO TRADEMARK HOLDING AB

GIORGIO ARMANI S.P.A.

PRADA S.A.

INDUSTRIA DE DISENO TEXTIL, S.A. (INDITEX, S. A.).

GRUPO MASSIMO DUTTI, S.A.

STRADIVARIUS ESPANA, S.A.

DSQUARED2 TM S.A.

FURLA S.P.A.

CROCS INC.

USPA GLOBAL LICENSING INC.

LUXOTTICA GROUP S.P.A.

FILA LUXEMBOURG SÂRL

LENZING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

AVON PRODUCTS, INC.

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC

CHOBANI LLC

MEDIA-SATURN HOLDING GMBH

ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AB

TURKISH TELECOM

SAAT VE SAAT SANAYI VE TIC A.S.

SCHINDLER GROUP

PERNOD RICARD GROUP

BROWN-FORMAN GROUP

BACARDI GROUP

DIAEGO GROUP

 

 

Work highlights

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership is extremely active in anti-counterfeiting matters, regularly acting for major luxury brands and retailers such as L'Oreal and Superdry in customs enforcement proceedings and dawn raids relating to counterfeit goods. The firm also advises clients on Turkish IP regulations and compliance issues, as well as representing in civil and criminal cases. The team is led by intellectual property specialist Esra Dündar Loiseau.

Practice head(s):

Esra Dündar Loiseau

Key clients

Juul Labs

Renault

Lancome Parfums Beaute & Cie

Ak Gida

Superdry- Dkh Retail Limited

Volvo

Alchem International

Christian Dior

Work highlights

  • Conducted a raid operation for L’Oreal wherein 211,854 counterfeit perfume products were seized, including 75,765 products bearing the client’s trade marks.
  • Filed a cancellation action against the “FENDIBABY” trade mark on behalf of Fendi.
  • Conducted a raid operation where 25,361 counterfeit products including shorts, sweatshirts and labels bearing the SUPERDRY trade mark were seized.

CCAO

CCAO works with a number of international companies and brands, and regularly receives referrals from international law firms, handling the full range of intellectual property issues. The firm supports clients with copyright and trade mark filings, enforcement, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and regulatory compliance. The team is led by dedicated IP litigator Tolga Semiz, and senior associate Eren Küçükkurt, previously of the TPTO.

Practice head(s):

Tolga Semiz; Eren Küçükkurt

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, responsive and efficient.’

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law works on a cross-practice basis with its IT and telecoms, disputes, and corporate teams in handling intellectual property matters for a wide range of clients, including Twitter and Google. The team has particular strength in the IT, telecoms, media, and life sciences sectors, advising and representing clients in trade mark, patent, and copyright matters. The team is led by experienced disputes and regulatory lawyers Gönenç GürkaynakCeren Yıldız, and Tolga Uluay.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız; Tolga Uluay

Testimonials

‘The team has a business-minded and practical approach.’

Key clients

Motion Picture Association

Google Ireland

Google Reklamcilik

Twitter

Google

Automattic

Warner Bros

Rolls-Royce

Foursquare Labs

Work highlights

  • Representing Google Reklamcılık and Google Ireland in a case initiated by Çiçek Sepeti İnternet Hizmetleri regarding trade mark rights.
  • Advised Motion Picture Association with regards to Turkish film law and regulations.

OFO VENTURA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND LITIGATION

Boutique firm OFO VENTURA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND LITIGATION offers a dedicated service across intellectual property issues, including advisory and compliance matters, enforcement, and litigation relating to patents, trade marks, copyright, and counterfeit goods. The firm acts for an extensive range of international brands and businesses, many on a continuous basis. Experienced IP litigation specialists Ozlem Futman and Yasemin Aktas oversee the team.

Practice head(s):

Ozlem Futman; Yasemin Aktas

Testimonials

‘I have been working with the firm for many years and they are now part of the team, they know all our clients and their files perfectly, they are committed and defend your rights as if they were their own’

‘Ozlem is a great person, very knowledgeable in court litigation.’

‘This firm has real capacities to develop innovative and, at the same time, good sense protection strategies. It has also the real capacity to understand the needs of international clients from various field of activities.’

‘The individuals I work with are also available, easy to contact. Human contact is also very important for OFO VENTURA. Clients are not just a client number.’

‘The bottom line is, sometimes you just need a law firm that wins. And that is what OFO VENTURA does. Consistently delivers positive results.’

‘OFO VENTURA has a customer-oriented philosophy which as their core concept. Their answers are always prompt and concrete. ’

‘Yasemin Aktas is proactive, efficient, resourceful and trustworthy. She is diligent and her unique approach leads to at least several options for resolving the actual problem.’

OZDAGISTANLI EKICI ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP

OZDAGISTANLI EKICI ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP works with a number of major international brands in the consumer goods, IT, life sciences, and media sectors on portfolio management, protection, and agreements relating to their Turkish operations, including production and distribution contracts. The team is led by Hatice Ekici Taga, a specialist in patent and trade marks, with Burak Ozdagistanli  also working regularly on intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Hatice Ekici Taga

Other key lawyers:

Burak Ozdagistanli 

Testimonials

‘Great practical, business minded advice.’

‘Stand-out partners are Hatice Ekici Taga and Burak Ozdagistanli. Both are responsive, highly competent, and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Eccho Rights AB

Work highlights

  • Advising Eccho Rights AB on production agreements and co-production agreements with local TV channels and producers.

SULUK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM

Boutique firm SULUK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM supports a variety of domestic and international clients with intellectual property application, enforcement, strategy, and prosecution matters, with a strong litigation capability. The firm's expertise extends across parents, copyright, and trade mark issues, with a client base including life sciences, media, and retail companies. The team is led by dedicated IP lawyers Cahit SulukBahattin Çarkacı, and Zeynep Balcik.

Practice head(s):

Cahit Suluk; Bahattin Carkaci; Zeynep Balcik

TURUNÇ

Led by regulatory and competition-focused counsel Esin Çamlibel, the team at TURUNÇ acts for corporate clients on intellectual property-related transactional, regulatory, and contentious matters. Clients include a number of notable international players in the retail, industrials, and private equity sectors, with matters including Turkish copyright and trade mark applications, enforcement proceedings and strategy, and litigation against counterfeiters and trade mark violators.

Practice head(s):

Esin Çamlibel

Testimonials

‘Esin is a spectacular IP advisor. Her academic background in IP coupled with her commercial experience is second to none.

‘Turunc has a good network of partner law firms across different geographies which help us to understand the implications of some of the key decisions globally. ’

‘Esin Camlibel  provides practical counsel on IP throughout Europe. I have recommended Esin to clients of mine and people are very pleased with her.’

Key clients

Al Fakher

Android Industries

Belectric Kuloglu

Better Homes and Gardens

Riverwood Capital

BigChefs

Caffè Nero

Camper Shoes

DeepZen

Kuika

Work highlights

  • Represented human resources platform Peoplise and its majority shareholders in Peoplise’s sale to Logo Software.
  • Advised Kuika on a variety of matters, including setting up a global trade mark strategy, developing an intellectual property rights transfer agreement template for employees and drafting numerous software license agreements.
  • Continuous IP advice to Al Fakher, including representation against counterfeiters and cybersquatters.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki advises a diverse client base on intellectual property considerations, including negotiating contracts, policing and enforcing client trade marks, and registering and renewing trade marks, patents, and copyright before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. Clients are from the IT, telecoms, defence, advertising, and media sectors. Kağan DoraGalip Selcuk, and recently promoted partner Mahmut Karyağdı lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘The firm has been very helpful. Correspondence is clear and prompt.’

‘This team has vast experience in dealing with international business agreements and contracts.’

‘Kagan Dora is my primary contact in the team. He and his team are very capable and he provides very good and powerful written contract language for our agreements and points out rights available to us in difficult and challenging situations.’

Key clients

Rafineri Reklamcılık

Colombina

SDT Uzay

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Borsası

Peyman Kuruyemiş Gıda

eBay Turkey

Mynet Medya

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik

Work highlights

  • Advised Rafineri on a campaign for National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, conducting intellectual property rights transfer agreements, licence agreements with procedures, cast and other IP assets such as a music jingle to be used in the campaign.
  • Assisting Colombina with thirteen trade mark renewals at the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Advised SDT Uzay ve Savunma Teknolojileri on a software license agreement.

BTS & Partners

IT-focused firm BTS & Partners advises companies with a nexus to the tech industry on Turkish intellectual property considerations, including transactional issues, contracts, copyright and trade mark enforcement, and issues relating to employee inventions. The firm also represents clients in IP litigation. Experienced IT and tech lawyers Yasin Beceni and Tuğrul Sevim lead the team following the departure of Batu Kınıkoğlu to Hamzaoglu Hamzaoglu Kinikoglu Attorney Partnership.

Practice head(s):

Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim

Testimonials

‘Accessibility and expertise’

‘Mr. Yasin Beceni is really professional, solution oriented and reachable. These are the key points that make him stand out.’

‘Professional team, active and reactive answers, clear and practical advice.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corp. and Microsoft Turkey

Lenovo

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on drafting and adapting software licensing agreements with authorised distributors and sellers of Microsoft products as well as on drafting new generation contracts for development and protection of IP rights.
  • Advised Lenovo on IP-related matters such as trade mark licensing in sponsorship agreements and legal procedures and means available for avoiding, eliminating and ceasing IP infringements in Turkey, as well as compensation.
  • Advising Orrick on various global projects, which involve Turkey as one of the effected jurisdictions, including the drafting and negotiation of many contracts built on the establishment, protection and assignment of IP rights.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm advises clients on trade marks, patents, and copyright issues, including day-to-day regulatory compliance, enforcement, and representation in IP litigation. The firm acts for a range of domestic and international clients within the IT and telecoms sectors, most notably eBay Turkey. The team is led by Ayca AranciTuna Çakırca and Ahmet Münir Yaşar.

Practice head(s):

Ayça Arancı; Tuna Çakırca; Ahmet Münir Yaşar

Key clients

Mikro-Tasarim Elektronik

ODTÜ Teknokent Yönetim

Verifone Elektronik ve Danışmanlık

eBay Turkey

Panaroma Bilişim Teknolojileri

Edenred Turkey

ODTÜ MEMS Researcher Centre

Just Food

ODTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı Okullan

Aimtech Elektronik

Barko-Med Elektronik

Brensan Enerji Savunma

KAREL Elektronik

TRLINSTRUMENTS Proses ve Ekipman Teknolojileri G

Onlayer Bilişim Teknolojileri

Sebit Eğitim

Andar Elektromekanik Sistemler

Strata Restorasyon Proje İnşaat

Sparse Technology

Work highlights

  • Advising Gitti Gidiyor on IP matters, conflicts and contracts, including media planning, software developments, service and cooperation agreements.
  • Advising Sebit on a day-to-day basis on IP law, including but not limited to brand protection, IP litigation, transfer of IP rights and infringement of IP rights.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles intellectual property registration, protection, and enforcement matters for clients in a number of industries, most notably retail and pharmaceuticals. The team works on trade marks, patent, and copyright matters, also representing clients in litigation relating to infringements and disputes over the holding of patents. The team is led by litigators Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Tolga Danışman.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman

Key clients

Gates Europe BVBA

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar

ATM Beyaz Eşya Parçaları

Deliv

Polyplex Europa Polyester Film

Olmuksan International Paper Ambalaj

Floteks Plastik

FNSS Savunma

Work highlights

  • Drafted an IP transfer agreement for Gates Europe, to be signed by both the client and the previous proprietors of the trade marks, which was a requirement for registering the transfer transaction within the records of the TPTO.
  • Advised OBSS on an end-user license agreement.
  • Assisted with litigation strategy and represented ATM Beyaz in patent applications.