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Who is entitled to obtain design registration in Turkey?

Any natural and legal persons who accommodate or have industrial or commercial establishments in Turkey, or persons who are entitled to file applications under the provisions of Paris Convention, Bern Convention or the Agreement Establishing World Trade Organization.

What does design protection cover?

Design protection cover features such as line/drawing, form, shape, colour, texture, elasticity, material or other characteristics perceived by the human senses in appearance in whole or part of a product or its ornamentation.

For how many years are designs protected in Turkey?

Designs are protected for five years from the date of the application; however it may take up to 25 years by renewing the application in every 5 years.

Is there any examination system for designs in Turkey?

Yes. TPTO (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office) conducts an examination procedure for design application in Turkey.

In how many ways a design application can be filed?

There are two ways to file a design application in Turkey:

-Conventional single or multiple design application

-Application through Hague Agreement.

Is it possible to file multiple design applications?

Yes, provided that the intention is written in the filing petition and each design has respective visual representations, there is a possibility of filing multiple design applications in Turkey.

Is it possible to defer the publication of a design?

Yes. There is a possibility of deferring the publication of a design up to 30 months from the date of priority/filing of the application.

Is it necessary to file POA (Power of Attorney) in the application?

Yes. If the POA could not be submitted together with the filing petition, it should be sent within two months as from the date of the notification.