There are two ways to protect your trademark in Turkey: the filing of a Turkish Trademark Application or the designation of Turkey through the international trademark registration.
A mark may consist of all kinds of signs being represented graphically such as words, including personal names, designs, letters, numerals, shape of the goods or their packaging and signs capable of being published and reproduced by printing.
After the filing, the application will be submitted to a preliminary formal examination and, whether there are no deficiencies in the conditions of filing, the application shall be examined whether it is eligible for registration within the provisions of article 7 (absolute grounds for refusal).
If the Examiner finds some obstacles to the registration, a notification of refusal will be sent in respect of all or part of those goods and services.
An application for registration of a trademark which has complied with the application conditions and has not been refused shall be published in the relevant Bulletin.
It will be possible to file notices of opposition within three months of the publication of the application.
Appeals may be placed against the decisions of the Institute. Notice of appeal must be filed in writing at the Institute within two months after the date of notification of decision.
If, within a period of five years following the registration, trademark has not been put to use without a justifiable reason or if the use has been suspended during an uninterrupted period of five years, the trademark shall be repealed.
The trademark right lasts ten years from the date of filing of the application. Registration may be renewed for further periods of ten years.