Intellectual Property in Turkey

Overview by
National Organizations
Turkey is adapting the legal framework of industrial property to the directives of the EU. The main advances in this domain are the creation of the Turkish Patents Institute (TPI), the introduction of a regime of penal sanctions and the updating of the Law on Trademarks through a series of decrees.
Regional Organizations
For the protection of patents: the European Patents Office.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
The decree Law No. 551
20 years maximum Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trademarks Law
1995 / Decree Law N° 556
10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Industrial Design Law
1995 / Decree Law N° 554
10 years, renewable once  
Copyright Law 1995/
During the life of the author and until 70 years after his death Berne convention
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Design Law
1995 / Decree Law N° 554
10 years  

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