Deris is proud to announce the Seminar on Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement and Coordination, took place in Istanbul Court House on January 15, 2020. The event was organized with collaboration of INTA and the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.
During the Seminar, current state of counterfeiting activities, border measures and coordination for effective remedies to combat counterfeiting were discussed. Speakers included Judges of Civil and Criminal IP Courts along with Public Prosecutors specialized in IP, specialists from the IP department of Ministry of Trade, Police Commissioners and Lawyers. Meanwhile, the attendees included Lawyers, Judges, Public Prosecutors, In-House Counsels, Academic Personnel, Business Partners, Members from Non-Governmental Organizations and Trademark Attorneys.
The Seminar started with the keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Habip Asan, the President of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. Following his opening remarks, Okan Can, East Europe and Central Asia Chair of INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee from Deris gave a speech on INTA approach on Anti-Counterfeiting and the ongoing projects and collaborations.
The first session was moderated by Assistant Professor Ali Pasli from Istanbul University. Izmir IP Public Prosecutor Ali Osman Kaynak was the first speaker of the session referring to the investigation phase for Anti-Counterfeiting indicating his expectations as to the institution for criminal proceedings. The second speaker, Istanbul Bakirkoy Criminal IP Court Judge Ms. Fatma Sonan Karan Dolunay talked about the criminal proceedings in relation with Anti-Counterfeiting and criminal sanctions for counterfeiting activities. The third speaker, Police Commissioner Ferhat Yildiz from the Internal Affairs Ministry spoke about the problems encountered during fighting against counterfeiting and solution recommendations to be exercised on the field through the point of view of police forces. Additionally, two lawyers from Deris Attorney at Law Partnership, Feride Utku and Tugce Guven delivered their presentation on the common obstacles encountered during fighting against counterfeiting and the difficulties on obtaining and execution of search and seizure decisions.
The first session was very fruitful as it included the perspective of different individuals, an IP Public Prosecutor, an IP Court Judge, a Police Officer and two Lawyers.
The second session, was moderated by Prof. Dr. Gul Okutan Nilsson from Istanbul Bilgi University. Istanbul IP Public Prosecutor Hasan Huseyin Sormaz was the first speaker of the session referring to the online counterfeiting within the scope of the IP Code and Internet Law as one of the most problematical issues considering that it is very difficult to locate the counterfeiter in the virtual world. The second speaker attending on behalf of the IP Department of Ministry of Trade emphasized the importance of Customs during fighting against counterfeiting considering that Turkey has a very busy traffic in terms of its customs due to its geographical location. The final speaker of the session, Istanbul Caglayan Civil IP Court Judge Sule B. Aydın Yunus was insightful as to the evidential actions and preliminary injunction decisions within the scope of Anti-Counterfeiting as they are the most effective combating tools against counterfeiting during civil proceedings.
The final session was moderated by Okan Can. The first speaker, Istanbul Anatolian Public Prosecutor Adnan Cavus referred to the issues encountered while obtaining search and seizure warrants, reasonable doubt and related procedures in this regard. The second speaker Istanbul Kucukcekmece Public Prosecutor Ismail Onaran talked about the procedures of online copyright infringements and take down procedures.
Last part of the program was the Questions part of the Seminar, where all the speakers were invited to the stage to answer questions from the floor. The attendees were eager with their insightful questions and opinions regarding the topics discussed and current problems encountered during fighting against counterfeiting. The Seminar was very in terms of discussing the issues, sharing common problems with concerned individuals and judicial authorities to seek for more effective ways to combat ever-growing counterfeiting situation both physically and virtually in Turkey.