Intellectual Property Rights in Turkey

Intellectual Property Rights Published In 2020 Presidential Annual Program

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 “2020 Presidential Annual Program” is published in Official Gazette on November 4, 2019. The Program was prepared by Ministry of Treasury and Finance together with Directorate of Strategy Development.

The Program involves various topics such as education, health, security and the strategy of the Presidency in year 2020 are shared.

Intellectual Property Rights In The Program

The chapter on intellectual property rights starts on page 207 and involves numerical information on applications made to Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. According to the Program, between the months January and September of year 2019, the total number of patent applications increased by 5 percent, the number of utility model applications increased by 0.1 percent, the number of trademark applications increased by 8.8 percent and the number of design applications increased by 3.9 percent.

According to the data provided in the Program, Turkey ranked 11th in the general ranking of WIPO in 2018 on applications involving patent, utility model, trademark, and design registrations.

The Program also involves future plan of the government regarding intellectual property rights. It determines numerous policies regarding development in the enforcement and implementation of intellectual property rights and increase in the human and institutional capacity of the units concerned with the protection of intellectual property rights.

Some of the policies listed in the Programs are as follows:

  • Increase in the number of specialized courts in intellectual property,
  • Providing training to the judges of criminal courts on intellectual property law.

One of the policies listed in the Program involves publishing the guide prepared on practice of employee inventions. This guide aims implement the legislation on employee inventions effectively and providing standard methods in this field. The main objective of the Program with regard to the intellectual property rights is to strengthen the legal infrastructure and implementation of the intellectual property rights, to develop the system supporting the formation of intellectual property rights and to accelerate the commercialization of these rights.

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