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Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law

Within law, the concept of intellectual property has become ever more important in an era of globalization and technological advances, which make access to art and intellectual products considerably easier. The protection of the artist or the creator in the process of creation of art, novel ideas and inventions is ensured within a legal framework of copyrights and patents. As a leader in Northern Cyprus within the fields of Intellectual Property Law, our Firm provides exceptional service to local and international investors, thanks to its vast knowledge and experience in the field. Our Firm facilitates the registration of an international brand in Northern Cyprus as speedily as possible. We also aid our clients in seeking compensation for the unfair use of registered trademarks and their names and logos, taking action to stop the manufacturing and sale of counterfeit goods, their mandatory removal from the marketplace and the collection of associated compensation. Services of our Firm, which has served global leading brands in the past, include the following:

  • Application to the Northern Cyprus Registry of Corporations, Intellectual and Commercial Rights Department for brands, copyrights and patents, as well as follow up on these processes and their finalization
  • Preparation of all required documentation for the registration of brand, patent and trademark rights, associated filings / follow up and finalization of the processes
  • Renewal of registered trademarks or the transfer of associated rights
  • Granting usage rights of registered trademarks to third parties
  • Submission of injunction and compensation demands to the court associated with Passing-Off and the use of counterfeit products
  • Can a lawsuit be filed for counterfeit products? Use of a trademark identical to a trademark by a person who is not the owner of the brand and without the permission of the brand owner as if using a similar...
  • What do I need to do for trademark registration, and how does the registration process protect my rights? Samples of the trademark should be submitted for application, together with a brand definition explaining the shape and colour of the brand...
  • What is meant by a "trade mark"? The Trademarks Act defines a trade mark as "a description of a figure, trademark or a particular type of commodity or its commercial name, title, symbol, label, name, signature, word, letter, number or any combination thereof". Hence, we can define a trade mark as any kind of marking such as shape, picture, graphic or drawing used to distinguish a product from other products.
  • How can I protect my work with copyright? Copyright grants a number of exclusive rights to copyright owners. If an author takes the copyright of his/her work by carrying out the necessary procedures he/she can thus prevent third parties from benefiting from or replicating or copying the work without their permission.
  • Who can file a lawsuit for copyright infringement? For a person to file a compensation claim for damages arising from copyright infringement, first the work must have a valid copyright. The law explains who owns a copyright.
  • Does my trademark registration in the Republic of Turkey also cover Northern Cyprus? Even if you register your trademark in the Republic of Turkey or anywhere in the world, you will still need to register it in the TRNC. The registration process is carried out in the Department of Trademarks at the Registrar of Companies, and our office can carry out the registration procedures of all brands that contain a logo or a name.
  • Does the trademark registration I made in Turkey also cover Northern Cyprus? Even if you have registered your trademark in the Republic of Turkey or anywhere else in the world, you still need to register it in Northern Cyprus. The registration is carried out at the Department of Corporations, Brands Division (Şirketler Mukayyitliği Markalar Bölümü), where you can undertake the registration of all trademarks of your company bearing a name or logo.
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