The Turkish Patent Institute's ("TPI") 2016 fee schedule has been published. Changes apply to fees for patent, trademarks, utility model, integrated circuits topography, geographical indications and industrial designs. Compared to 2015, fees have increased 7% for online applications and 17% for hand-delivered applications. The Communiqué on 2016 Tariffs ("Communiqué") was published in Official Gazette number 29579 on 31 December 2015 (Bis 4), entering into effect on 1 January 2016.

The Communiqué continues the approach whereby the total fee payable to the TPI is the sum of TPI fees, valued added tax and legal fee.

The Communiqué continues to distinguish between applications submitted by hand and online applications, with fees for online applications being lower than hand-submitted applications. However, a single fee applies for geographical indications and integrated circuit topographies, irrespective of how the application is made.

Please see this link for full text of the Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

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