Why is Turkey Important in European Patent
Turkey, is a highly important country located where Europe and Asia unite. When we look at a conventional world map, we can see that Turkey is located in the very middle. Considering only geographically, being located where Europe and Asia unite, being the busiest region of the historical Silk Road and having gateway to the Black sea passing over Turkey, will show the importance of Turkey. Certainly, as a country being located where the highways, seaways and airways intersect, naturally it becomes a logistic center. Turkey, in this regard is a logistic center.
On the other hand, Turkey has been the cradle of civilizations since ancient times. Mehmet the Conqueror, who took over the last Roman Empire (Byzantine State), saw himself as a continuation of the Roman Empire and it became the center of the Ottoman Empire until 1923. Like most of the empires disappeared after World War I, also the Ottoman Empire handed over its heritage to the Republic of Turkey. Turkey, in this regard is a touristic place where civilizations meet.
Turkey chose its side in the Korean War in 1950, the Turkish Army joined the war in the establishment of South Korea and chose the Western Bloc, and then joined the NATO. Turkey has still the second largest and strongest army after America in the NATO. Turkey first battled against the Czarist Russia in the Crimean War in 1856 by allying with the European States such as France, England, Italy and won the favor of Europeans as a “European State”. Turkey once again revealed showed that it is a European State by entering into the Ankara Agreement with the European Union in 1960. Turkey is still on good terms with Russia in the North, Europe in the West, Georgia and Armenia in the East, and Iran, Iraq and Syria in the South. It battled against the ISIS in the last Syria War and welcomed more than 3 billion Syrian refugees alone. This aid for the Syrian people is an unprecedented aid in the world.
Since the 1980’s, Turkey mainly has adopted the free market economy and entered into the customs union agreement with Europe and joined the World Trade Organization in 1995. Turkey, as well as being a logistic, trade and culture center due to its geographical location in the world, is also an industrial center. It occupies an important position in the world, especially in the automotive supply industry, in addition the automotive manufacturing of the brands such as Ford, Fiat, Hyundai, Mercedes, MAN. It has also powerful and large companies in the machinery and electronics industry, chemical industry, aviation industry, construction and wood technologies. In addition, The Turkish Government gives great support to Research and Development. Turkey currently has more than 1,500 R & D and design to the center
Turkey is also an active country in the intellectual property practices. It signed the Paris convention in 1930, entered into the international PCT treaty in 1996, joined the World Trade Organization in 1995 and accepted the TRIPS obligations. In 1999, it participated in the Madrid Protocol regarding trademarks and finally European Patent convention (EPC) in 2000. In addition to these, Turkey reviewed all of the laws regarding the industrial property rights and adopted the Industrial property right, numbered 6769, on Trademarks, Patents, Designs and Geographical Indications in 2020. The Industrial property right, numbered 6769, is a well-developed law which is regulated based on the European and American practices.
All of the companies doing business at an international level, especially in the industry, logistics, and trade, should consider Turkey as a central base. Turkish government offers special tax incentives and practices to attract international investors. All industry firms making production in Turkey or considering Turkey as a distribution base, in this context, should benefit from the European Patent convention and protect their patent rights in Turkey. Pursuant to the European patent convention, those who wish to protect their patent in Turkey, should perform the European Patent Validation via patent attorneys in Turkey within 3 months after the European Patent Registration Decision. This provides a great convenience for protecting the industrial property rights of the companies making investments in Turkey and, also this means an international assurance.
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