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Company’s new campaign to increase patents in Turkey!

A leading Turkish law firm that specializes in protecting intellectual and industrial property rights has launched a campaign to make Turkey one of the top five countries to have the most registered trademarks.
Adres Patent, a national and international law firm that protects patent rights, would like to increase the number of patented products in Turkey. It recently launched the “Turkey Patent Campaign” to build awareness of the importance of developing and registering brands and products.

According to a press release from Adres Patent, Turkey is 158 years behind the US and 55 years behind South Korea in terms of obtaining patents. Adres Patent insists that in order for Turkey to become a trendsetter country it must attach greater importance to patents.

Speaking to Today’s Zaman the director of Adres Patent, Ali Çavuşoğlu, who is also a lawyer, listed three reasons why Turkey lags behind other countries in terms of patent procedures. “The first reason is the lack of awareness regarding patents by Turkish businessmen. The second is the limited budget for research and development,” he said noting that the reason budgets are limited is because discussions on patents are fairly new in Turkey, going back only 10 years. Çavuşoğlu also explained that industrialists and producers don’t have making inventions and obtaining patents as goals, which contributes to the delay in the progress regarding patents. He noted that companies can help increase the number of patents in Turkey by setting annual patent targets.

 Asked what Turkey can do to reach America’s level with respect to patent figures, Çavuşoğlu said: “There are 85,000 factories in Turkey. If every factory produced at least one patented product every year, Turkey would have 85,000 patented products annually. A majority of these factories have the capacity to produce new products -- and many times they actually do, but they don’t even realize it.” He also explained that cooperation between factories and universities could foster the development of products that can be patented. “Universities and industry should work together and adopt a patent-oriented production system,” he said and added, “There are techno-parks at universities and if they cooperate with industry, it could increase the rate of patents in Turkey.” He also recommended that the government work some incentives into the Research Development Activities Law, which was enacted in 2008 to encourage engineers to develop new products.

Adres Patent seeks to increase the number of patents to 1 million within the next 10 years. Çavuşoğlu explained that to achieve this target companies are encouraged to set clear and understandable patent targets and to provide training to employees on the importance of patents and how to conduct patent research, as well as how to benefit from patented products. Businessmen are advised to examine the strategies of successful companies and apply practices that suit their own, while companies are advised to work with patent advisors to develop effective policies that encourage the acquisition of patents.

Explaining that industrialists who fear losing capital in an economic crisis apply for patents to sustain their economic standing, Çavuşoğlu notes that China has one of the highest number of patented products and uses patents as an economic weapon against foreign firms. He said he hopes Turkey will increase its number of patents and become one of the top 10 countries with the highest number of patents. He lastly called on businessmen to join the campaign and work towards raising awareness on the importance and need for patented products.

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