On January 10, 2017 the new IP law n.6769 came into force in Turkey.
The new law provides important news concerning the protection of trademarks.
You can find below some news, but we suggest you to see the law in order to have a complete view of the changes made by the new rules.
Upon examination of trademark applications, it is now admissible to produce a letter of consent of the owner of the earlier mark which has been cited by the Turkish Examiner as an obstacle to the registrability of the proposed trademark. The proprietor of the earlier mark can give its consent to the use and registration of all or part of the products/services covered by the application.
In case of opposition, and if the mark on which the opposition is based is registered for more than five years, the opposed party can ask the opponent the proofs of use of its mark. If the opponent is not able to demonstrate the use of its mark, the opposition will be rejected; if the opponent can demonstrate the use of only some of the goods (or services) on which the opposition is based, the opposition will continue only respect to these. It is possible to file an opposition within two months from the date of publication of the trademark.
Finally, we submit to your attention that according to the provisions of article 7(1) d and 7 (1)e, the owner of a trademark is now clearly authorized to forbid any unauthorized use of the mark as a company name, keywors and domain name.