The Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) has taken steps
towards a totally paperless system with its updated online system,
enabling users to file, track and oppose applications in just a few
This makeover, where notifications are also to be communicated
electronically, ensures that applications are processed by up to
half the amount of time, with the TPI expressing that it aims to
review trademark applications within a six-month period, as opposed
to the current application process which can take anywhere up to 12
The existing online system which is divided into clear sections
for patents, trademarks and industrial rights, with links for
filing applications, file tracking and searching under each heading
has been updated to provide a more a user-friendly experience.
Notable amendments include the addition of a new tab, 'My
Files', leading to documents which can be accessed only by the
responsible attorney using his/her unique number. However, it seems
that this amendment can equally pose problems – for instance
where the attorney leaves the firm – as the documents cannot
be viewed by the firm. Another amendment includes a revised
categorisation of classes. Users are now able to remove irrelevant
categories of goods or services from the automatically filled in
Nice specification, thereby reducing the need for the use of Class
99, a tailored specification list inputted by the user.
The website which has enabled applicants/attorneys to file
applications, view documents and deal with post-application
procedures online by using e-signatures/mobiles since 2008, has
also responded to the prevalence of e-commerce with its recently
implemented credit card system, which ensures that payments are now
made instantaneously. The TPI's decision to merge the costs of
filing a trademark application and issuing a trademark into a
one-off lump sum that must be paid upfront will further speed up
the process. However, the realisation of this proposal is
contingent on the amendment of the legal regulations governing the
payment of trademark applications.
In summary, the addition of file tracking services, and the
speed and transparency of the new system marks a welcome change to
the application process which is sure to prove less laborious for
both users of the system and the TPI itself.
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