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At Gün + Partners, the ‘level of work is outstanding and the team is able to handle extremely complex cases’. The workload includes contentious trade mark and patent matters, as well as managing the IP portfolios of major corporate clients. Clients include computer manufacturers, watch makers, automotive companies and insurance providers. Mehmet Gun has particular expertise in life sciences, and Hande Hançer is ‘extremely responsive and client-oriented; the advice she provides is always thorough and clear’.

For some, Moroglu Arseven’s IP team ‘stands out above all others’. The firm defended a major social media outlet against a trade mark prosecution. Clients also include Amazon, Samsung and Starbucks. Isik Ozdogan and Gokce Izgi are ‘highly responsive and give good, practical advice in clear English’, and Merve Altinay and Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokkar are also recommended.

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Aktürk AB

Aktürk AB has a very strong IP practice. The firm has experienced Trademark & Patent Attorneys licensed by Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. IP team of Aktürk AB manages the IP portfolio of the clients carefully and follow up local and international trademark, patent, utility model, industrial design geographical sign, domain name, artistic and literary work registrations, renewals, watch & alert services. IP team is capable to negotiate and structure any kind of IP related transactions like assignment agreements, licensing agreements, co-existence agreements.

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OZDAGISTANLI EKICI ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP

OZDAGISTANLI EKICI is a specialist law firm working on Intellectual Property, Technology and Data Protection matters. We pride ourselves in knowing our clients, their business and what they need from an outside counsel. We work with many leading multinational companies and prestigious foreign law firms for IP needs in Turkey.

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With a team of ‘first-class lawyers, who work together seamlessly and produce a quality end product’, NSN Law Firm is best known for trade mark and copyright matters. Practice head Nazlı Selek and Sevilay Kuru are ‘incisive and get to the key points quickly’, and Nedret Unlu has ‘invaluable experience and critical insight’.

Çaga & Çaga’s lead IP partner Erdem Degerli recently advised on amending a trade mark licence agreement. Degerli and Idil Caga adopt ‘a hands-on approach’.

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law advised Warner Bros on revising agreement templates to be signed by dubbing artists. Other well-known clients include Twitter, Google and YouTube. Managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak heads the practice and İlay Yılmaz was promoted to partner in 2015.

Güner Law Office handles IP-related litigation, trade mark registration, domain name matters and copyright issues, among other mandates. Founding and managing partner Ece Güner and Ömer Erdoğan are the key names.

Turunç handles trade mark registrations and renewals, among other work. The team, which has notable expertise advising start-ups, assisted mobile technology start-up Kuicka with its incorporation and early stage investment. Other clients include Android, Elba, Koruyucu, Petronas and Shopamani. Founding partner Noyan Turunç frequently works with Kerem Turunç and Ankara-based Esin Çamlibel.

BTS & Partners’ expertise in this area includes advising on domain name disputes, copyright and trademark matters and handling patent litigation. Manging partner Yasin Beceni heads the team, which acts for a range of international and domestic clients.

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki acts for clients including Amway, Global Brass and Copper, and Al Jazeera Media Network. The team is notably active in the hospitality sector; it recently advised two global hotel companies on IP matters in Turkey. Selim Keki is providing comprehensive IP advice to the first international online personal shopping portal in Turkey. Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Özgür Akman, and Galip Selçuk are the other key names.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm’s Ayça Arancı, Kağan Dora and Tuna Çakırca are recommended for IP matters. Organic food market Tazedirekt, Verifone subsidiary Panorama, and 3M Turkey are new client wins.

Ibrahim Ekdial and Olgac Nacakci are the key contacts at Ekdial & Nacakci. Recent work includes advising Marriott International on trade mark infringement.

Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein acts for clients including DreamWorks Animation, Bioray, Datwyler, SAP and Yandex. Mine Guner is the key contact, while litigation head Koray Sogut handles IP-related disputes.

At Hergüner Bilgen Özeke key contact Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen’s recent highlights include advising Turins Sigorta on trademark and domain name matters, as well as acting for defendants in several pharmaceutical patent infringement claims. Ufuk Yalçın heads the practice.

Kinstellar Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi’s practice head Tolga Semiz acted for Restoration Hardware in appealing a rejection decision pertaining to the client’s trade mark. IP consultant Fatma Gülmez represented MGM Resorts International in cancellation actions against trade marks consisting of lion-like figures.

Pekin & Pekin’s team handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and has expertise in patent, trade mark, copyright, domain name, design and IP licensing matters. The team also provides IP support in corporate transactions. Kemal Serdengeçti and Gökben Erdem Dirican are recommended.

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