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If you have a registered trade mark you can put the ® symbol next to it to warn others against using it. However, using this symbol for a trade mark that is not registered is an offence.

A registered trade mark:

- may put people off using your trade mark without your permission
-makes it much easier for you to take legal action against anyone who uses your trade mark without your permission
-allows Trading Standards Officers or Police to bring criminal charges against counterfeiters if they use your trade mark
-is your property, which means you can sell it, franchise it or let other people have a licence that allows them to use it.




Third-party observations against the patentability of a patent application may only be filed with the Turkish Patent Institute during the examination of the application (before grant), within six months from the date of publication of the search report. The relevant documents must be enclosed. The examiners will take the observations into consideration during the examination process.

It is not possible to file an opposition against a granted patent before the Institute based on the grounds that the application does not contain a unity of invention, novelty or inventive step, unless it does not meet the formal requirements. It is always possible to take court action to render a granted patent invalidated on this basis.


Following shall be considered infringement of a design right
a) without the consent of the design right holder, to make, produce, put on the market, offer, sell, put to use, import or keep in stock for these purposes the identical or significantly similar design;
b) to transfer to third parties or to expand without consent rights by a licensing contract;
c) to participate or to assist or to encourage or to facilitate in whatever form the acts referred in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b);
d) to abstain from explaining where and how an illegally produced and marketed product has been obtained when found in possession;
e) seizure of entitlement.
Where the application for a design has been published in accordance with Article 34 of this Decree-Law, the application right holder has the right to file the civil and penal proceedings against the infringing party.




The second edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial will be realized between 18 October and 14 December 2014 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), and will comprise a wide range of events, workshops, conferences and screenings centered around its exhibitions program. Under the overarching title The Future Is Not What It Used To Be,the Biennial’s curator, Zoë Ryan, revisits the manifesto as a platform and catalyst for critical thinking in design. The biennial asks, how can we reclaim the manifesto for the 21st century and beyond, not only in the production of texts, but through actions, services, provocations, or objects and seize the potential to inciteinventive outcomes? As a platform for generating new ideas, the biennial invites submissions for contemporary manifestos that explore the complex role of design in today’s society.

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