Pharmaceutical trademarks—Turkey—Q&A guide
Pharmaceutical trademarks—Turkey—Q&A guide

The following Life Sciences practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Pharmaceutical trademarks—Turkey—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the primary law governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Which agency is responsible for the grant and registration of pharmaceutical trademarks?
  • 3. What are the relevant national and international regulatory bodies and requirements that need to be considered when clearing a pharmaceutical trademark?
  • 4. What non-traditional trademarks are available in your jurisdiction and how are they registered?
  • 5. Does your jurisdiction allow the registration of cannabis-derived products?
  • 6. What are the rules governing parallel imports of pharmaceutical goods?
  • 7. What strategies are available to police and enforce against parallel imports?
  • 8. What types of legal or administrative proceedings are available to enforce against infringing products?
  • 9. What are the available remedies for infringement?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to pharmaceutical trademarks in Turkey published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: February 2021).

Authors: Moroğlu Arseven—Ezgi Baklaci Gülkokar; Yonca Çelebi

1. What is the primary law governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?

The Industrial Property Law (IP Law) is the primary source in which the trademark law is regulated. The IP Law was published in the Official Gazette on 10 January 2017, with the majority of provisions entering into effect on the same date. The relevant international agreements to which Turkey is a signatory, namely the Paris Convention and the Madrid Protocol, are also applicable in Turkish trademark law.

2. Which agency is responsible for the grant and registration of pharmaceutical trademarks?

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TPTO) is the authority overseeing all types of trademark registrations including pharmaceutical trademarks.

3. What are the relevant national and international regulatory bodies and requirements that need to be considered when clearing a pharmaceutical trademark?

Trademark registrations are handled through TPTO. Within the scope of marketing authorisation proceedings, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Device Agency also approves the name of the product. These two proceedings are entirely different and do not affect each other. That is to say that obtaining a trademark registration does not mean that the Agency will approve the product's name and

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