• For how many years are patents and utility models protected in Turkey?

     Patents without substantive examination are protected for 7 years from the filing date of the application and patents with substantive examination are protected for 20 years from the filing date of the application. Utility models are protected for 10 years from the filing date of the application

  • Is it possible to demand extension for validation of European patent in Turkey?

     No, however it is possible to get extension of 3 months for submission of the Turkish translation of the European patent by paying a surcharge.

  • Is Turkey a member of London Agreement?

     No. The requirement to file the Turkish translation of the European patent still remains.

  • What could be the language of the description of a patent filed under PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) ?

     The language of the description and claim(s) could be filed in English, French and German since they are official languages for the international applications. However, in the national phase of PCT, 1-month-period or 3-month-further period is given in order for description and claim(s) to be translated into Turkish and filing the Turkish translation before the Turkish Patent Institute. The prescribed fee should be paid for the filing procedure.

  • What is the deadline for submitting the Turkish translation of specification in validation of a European Patent?

     In order to validate a European patent in Turkey, the Turkish translation should be submitted within 3 months after the date on which the mention of the grant or the decision to maintain the patent as amended is published in the European Patent Bulletin

  • What kinds of qualities are needed for registration of a patent?

     The three main qualities of a claimed invention are as follows: Novelty (N), Involving an inventive step (IS) Capability of Industrial Application (IA).

  • Who can apply for patent registration in Turkey?

     According to Paris Conventions, any natural or legal persons who are domiciled or have industrial or commercial establishments in the Republic of Turkey can apply for patent/utility model registration in Turkey.

  • Why is it necessary to obtain a patent?

     Patents provide recognition for individuals for their invention and furthermore, they encourage innovation which is a vital element for the quality of human life