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Jan 21, 2019
Merve Tuncer, Istanbul Patent A.S., Turkey
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Trademark Use is Strictly Standardized for Tobacco Prod...

Merve Tuncer, Istanbul Patent A.S., TurkeyTurkish Parliament has passed a law (“Law no. 7151”) on 15th November 2018 which mandates plain or standardized packaging for tobacco products. The law has gone into force as of 5th December 2018. Law no. 7151 has made changes in several laws and decrees which are related to health. One of the law which was subject to the changes is the Law no. 4207 “Law Related to Prevention and Control of the Harms of Tobacco Products”. The changes in this law include substantial limitation on the appearance of  read more

Dez 13, 2018
Özlem Fütman, OFO VENTURA, Turkey
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Three main problems regarding International Registratio...

Özlem Fütman, OFO VENTURA, TurkeyOne of the important points in the New Turkish IP Code no 6769 which has been in force since 10 January 2017 is that; in opposition proceedings, the applicant has the right to invite its opponent(s) to prove serious and genuine use of its mark in Turkey in the past 5 years or submit justified reasons for non-use, if the opponent’s mark passed the 5 year use term on the filing/priority date of opposed mark. If opponent cannot prove such use, then the opposition would be refused in terms of likelihood of confusion based on opponent’s earlier mark. read more

Dez 13, 2018
Christine Genge and Lionel Fishman, Smart & Biggar, Canada
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Canada’s new Industrial Design Regime has launched

Christine Genge and Lionel Fishman, Smart & Biggar, Canada, First published at 5, 2018, marks an important step in the evolution of the industrial design regime in Canada. Numerous and substantial amendments to the Industrial Design Act and Rules are now in force. These amendments modernize Canada’s industrial design law and bring it into better harmony with other jurisdictions.
Some of the most important highlights that apply to applications filed on or after November 5, 2018, are for example, that the divisional applications provide more flexibility than before. An applicant may now file a divisional application for any design that was originally disclosed – not merely claimed – in the parent application as filed. For example, the Canadian Design Office has indicated that the applicant is able to file a divisional application with portions of the design in solid lines that were shown in dotted lines in the parent application as originally filed, and vice versa. Divisional applications also remain available for cases where the Canadian Design Office issues an Examiner’s Report objecting to an
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Dez 13, 2018
Gheira Mori Sangama, OMC Abogados & Consultores, Peru

The prejudicial interpretation of the Andean Community

Gheira Mori Sangama, OMC Abogados & Consultores, PeruAccording to the passage of time and based on the constant struggles of man for the recognition of his rights which have been obtained as a result of the French Revolution, he has been creating rules and laws that allow the regulation of his obligations, in order to achieve harmony that allows the improvement of society in all its aspects. Thus international treaties arise that will allow not only the improvement of man as an individual being, but also the improvement of society as a whole. It is in this way that in Latin America  read more

Nov 30, 2018
Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada
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At Last – Government confirms June 17, 2019 implementat...

Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada, First published at www.bereskinparr.comThe Canadian Government has published the Trademark Regulations in the Official Gazette, essentially the last formal step towards final implementation of major amendments to the Trademarks Act, passed in 2014, and now finally planned for June 17, 2019, (the coming-into-force, or “CIF” date). These amendments impact all aspects of trademark selection, filing procedures, oppositions, registration and enforcement. In addition, the Government has also confirmed that it will accede to three major intellectual property treaties, including the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement.
Much has already been written about the amended Trademarks Act. Preparing now for the amendments may offer costs savings in the future. The key changes, as well as tips to save time and money, are for example, that applicants will be able to file for an additional selection of signs, but examination will likely be tougher. Signs such as colour alone, scent, taste and texture may now be registered. However, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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Nov 29, 2018
Franck Soutoul, INLEX AFRICA, France
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Major Innovations in OAPI: The Revised Bangui Agreement

Franck Soutoul, INLEX AFRICA, France, First published at www.inlex-africa.comAfter 3 years of waiting, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) unveiled on October 22, 2018 the major changes of the revised Bangui Agreement (revised on the 14 December 2015 in Bamako, Mali). These changes were driven by OAPI’s concern to improve on the quality of its operating procedures and rules and to stay inconformity with international instruments which they are party to. The revised Bangui Agreement will bring the following that OAPI is now competent handle opposition cases on all Industrial Property  read more

Nov 28, 2018
Irma Cami, Albanian IP Matters, Albania
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New rules on .al domain names – and their implications ...

Irma Cami, Albanian IP Matters, AlbaniaAs of November 1, 2018, new rules on the registration and administration of the domain names under .al are applicable in Albania. These rules are adopted by three decisions of the Steering Board of the Albanian Electronic and Postal Communication Authority (AKEP), which brought some changes and amendments to the basic regulation on registration of the (sub) domains under .al of 2008. They are published in the official website The changes address ranges of issues emerged from the Albanian background and adopt new rules, mainly with restrictive effect, to prevent the abuse in the registration of  read more

Istanbul Patent A.S.

Abdurrahim Ayaz

Abdurrahim Ayaz
Buyukdere Cad., No. 33/16
34381 Sisli/Istanbul
Turkey (TR)
Tel +90 212 241 7272
Fax +90 212 241 7026

Istanbul Patent A.S. was found in 1997 to provide full legal services in Intellectual Property area. Based in the hart of Istanbul and branched in the capital Ankara, the firm’s services extend to entire Turkey and also to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In addition, the firm also provides services to local and overseas clients before European Patent Office.
The firm has 15 attorneys with additional supporting staff in five departments; Trademark Department for overseas clients, Trademark Department for local clients, Patent Department, Domain Name Department and Litigation Department.
The firm has an outstanding reputation in intellectual property, and is unique for its full range of intellectual property services, ranging from copyrights, trade and service marks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, geographical Indications, Plant Varieties and copyrights, from advisory services to prosecution and protection, and related litigations. The firm has also outstanding reputation and expertise in domain name disputes.



Halaskargazi CD, No 150/2
34371 Istanbul
Turkey (TR)
Tel + 90 212 219 67 33
Fax + 90 212 234 17 09

Ofo Ventura, together with its litigation arm Futman Law Firm, is a full service IP boutique in Turkey. The Firm was founded 15 years ago and has 10 professionals, both agents and lawyers. The Team is led by Ozlem Futman, Founding Partner, who has 22 years of experience in the industry. We have correspondence offices in Ankara and in Northern Part of Cyprus.

In addition to a strong prosecution practice, we have a top notch team of litigators and we excel at complex IP matters and litigation. Our team is dedicated to turning complicated cases into simple ones for the clients. Our Team of litigators have been involved in many important and unique cases in Turkey. Our opposition practice also benefits from our experience and expertise in contentious matters enabling us to advocate strongly on behalf of our clients at every level. The Firm also handles patent prosecution matters, design prosecution and enforcement. Finally, we provide experienced advice in copyright issues, internet law issues, license issues, sports and entertainment law issues and, in particular, domain name disputes, making ours a truly full service IP boutique.

Ofo Ventura offers tailor-made IP solutions designed for you. We stake our reputation on protecting yours.



Derrière Chapelle Essos, Face Garage MTA
B.P 4057 Yaounde, Center Region
Cameroon (CM)
Tel +237 222 21 89 17

INLEX AFRICA is the first French Intellectual Property Firm located in AFRICA.

After developing continuously its expertise during 20 years in France, Eric SCHAHL and Franck SOUTOUL have decided to open an office for the support and protection of their client’s interests in AFRICA.

Therefore and since June 2014, we opened our office in Yaounde (Cameroon), which is managed by Jeremy GIACOPAZZI (OAPI Trademark & Patent Attorney).

OAPI system is unique as it affords to the Applicant a single regional title of protection valid in 17 French-speaking African countries namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Comoros.

Thanks to its long experience in France and its European working know-how, the team INLEX AFRICA will be the best representative to reply to your legal or administrative queries, and is able to intervene on the whole African territory, thanks to the opening in October 2016 of 2 hubs in Mauritius (Ebene Cyber city) and in Morocco (Casablanca).

Albanian IP Matters

Mrs. Irma Cami

Mrs. Irma Cami
Rruga “Besim Alla” pallati Dilo, shkalla 2, apt.25
Yzberisht, Tirane
Albania (AL)
Tel +355 67 40 83 530

We are an Intellectual Property (IP) Consulting Firm operating in Albania. We consult domestic and foreign clients on the IP legal framework, and provide a full range of IP services from registration to enforcement for various IP right.

Albanian IP Matters has started its journey as an IP law firm just recently, in October 2018. However, its key figures have a considerable experience in the IP field, namely:

Mrs Irma Cami enjoys a long-standing experience of more than 10 years in IP field. She worked for 10 years at a regional IP firm, mainly focusing on IP litigations and oppositions. Her extensive experience recently saw her elected as a trainer for training judges in IP related cases.

Mr Gent Hasa is another key figure of the firm. He graduated as Mechanic Engineer in 1998, and in 2004 finished Master of Science (M.S) in Italy, and has been qualified as Patent and Trademark Agent since October 2016.

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