Okan Çan
Senior Partner, Attorney at Law

Okan Çan

Partner at Deris, Okan regularly counsels and represents market leading companies for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. After qualifying at Istanbul University, Okan’s progression as a trademark, patent, and European patent attorney has seen him develop a reputation as a leading expert. He is known for managing complexity and ambiguity to achieve notable resolutions and results, including the first registration of color trademark in Turkey.

Fluent in English, Okan advises international organizations on IP strategy and establishes anti-generic programmes. His expertise extends to life sciences, technology licensing, personal data, privacy and the protection of image/celebrity rights.

As a regular guest speaker at IP and trademark seminars, universities, conferences, and training programmes, Okan’s legal experience and knowledge in IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is highly regarded. He is also a regular speaker at image and celebrity rights programmes, advising sports people, actors and specialist sectors. Okan has contributed to and published an extensive number of articles to publications including the Getting the Deal Through, British Chamber of Commerce, Managing Intellectual Property and the locally known Hurriyet and Radikal Newspaper.

Contributions / Highlights

  • Best IP Lawyer – 2010, www.bestlawyer.com
  • Best IP Lawyer – 2013, www.bestlawyer.com
  • World Trademark Review (WTR) The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015
  • World Trademark Review (WTR) The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2016 (Golden Tier for Litigation and Enforcement)
  • World Trademark Review (WTR) The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015
  • Advised a multinational firm for the acquisition of the total IP assets of the Turkish Tobacco Monopoly
  • Established an effective licensing programme for international technology firm’s optical disc technology, resulting in licensing of more than 90% of the related market in the country   
  • Establishment of a border detention and patent licensing programme on behalf of a multinational chemical company
  • Resolution of a multi-jurisdictional IP conflict to obtain the highest compensation amount for a trademark conflict in Turkey


  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the Turkish National Group of AIPPI
  • Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)

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