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Non-use Cancellation Actions in Turkey: Turkish PTO took over the authority from the Courts, so what now? Uncertainties Remaining… by Rıza Ferhan ÇAĞIRGAN


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Non-use Cancellation Actions in Turkey: Turkish PTO took over the authority from the Courts, so what now? Uncertainties Remaining… by Rıza Ferhan ÇAĞIRGAN: In his insightful article, Rıza Ferhan ÇAĞIRGAN, Managing Partner at ÇAĞIRGAN Law Firm, Turkey, sheds light on the recent transition of authority over non-use cancellation actions from the courts to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). As Turkey undergoes this significant legal transition, uncertainties abound, raising questions about procedural clarity and the efficacy of the new system.

Trademark use requirements have long been a cornerstone of Turkish intellectual property law. Trademarks must demonstrate active use within five years of registration to maintain their validity, with non-use rendering them vulnerable to cancellation actions by third parties.

ÇAĞIRGAN traces the evolution of non-use cancellation procedures, noting the shift from judicial oversight to PTO authority in 2017. While this transition was intended to streamline processes, concerns linger regarding the PTO's readiness to assume this responsibility.


As stakeholders grapple with the ramifications of this transition, ÇAĞIRGAN highlights the absence of clear guidelines and procedures for non-use cancellation actions under the PTO's purview. The lack of transparency exacerbates uncertainties, leaving stakeholders in limbo.

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In light of mounting uncertainties, ÇAĞIRGAN underscores the urgency of establishing clear regulations and guidelines for non-use cancellation actions. Without transparent procedures, stakeholders risk prolonged legal battles and commercial disruption.


Despite current challenges, ÇAĞIRGAN remains optimistic about the PTO's ability to address procedural deficiencies and establish a sustainable system for non-use cancellation actions. By prioritizing clarity and efficiency, the PTO can mitigate uncertainties and foster a more responsive legal framework.


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As Turkey navigates this legal transition, ÇAĞIRGAN calls for proactive measures to address procedural ambiguities and streamline non-use cancellation actions. With a concerted effort from the PTO and stakeholders, Turkey can establish a robust system that upholds the integrity of trademark rights while ensuring procedural fairness.

With a concerted effort from the PTO and stakeholders, Turkey can establish a robust system that upholds the integrity of trademark rights while ensuring procedural fairness. Read The Full Article By Rıza Ferhan ÇAĞIRGAN in Our Latest Edition on The Global IP Matix Magazine

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