Trademark Oppositions and Proving Use in Turkey
Includes a Live Event on 10/28/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Tune in to hear from an expert panel of speakers on the important points of trademark opposition practice and actual use in Turkey.
Speakers will also discuss trademark infringement matters in Turkey from two perspectives. The first will focus on the legal procedures and actions that can be taken before TURKPATENT. The second will focus on the market search in Turkey and finding trademark infringement actions in the market as well as how to collect evidence from the market.
Simay Akbaş (Moderator)
Business Development Manager, International Operations Department
Destek Patent (Turkey)
Simay Akbaş is the Business Development Manager of the International Operations Department at Destek Patent, Turkey. Her responsibilities include developing business relations with foreign associates, screening market demands, and providing solutions. Prior to that role, she had been working as a senior consultant at Destek Patent, managing worldwide IP portfolios of both domestic and international companies.
She has been practicing as a trademark attorney since 2013 and has been in the Intellectual Property sector for more than 10 years. Simay specializes in IP consultancy, mainly building overall strategies for trademarks while entering new markets, dealing with settlement agreements, and coordinating opposition & litigation cases in various jurisdictions.
Simay is a member of some international IP organizations such as INTA, MARQUES, and AIPPI for many years and is taking an active role in the committees. She has recently co-authored an INTA Law & Practice article “Infringement and Unfair Competition in Fictional Productions”
Cerberus IP (Turkey)
Cameron Gowlett is the co-founder and joint MD of Cerberus IP, set up in 2005 to support the corporate commercial and legal markets in the fight against counterfeiting and IP infringements worldwide.
Cameron’s first investigation experience was in the Canary Islands, during the 1990’s where he worked undercover, investigating the systemic abuse of animals which were held in private collections and animal parks. This experience inspired him to seek justice for his clients, which years later ended up being one of the catalysts to setting up Cerberus IP.
For nearly two decades, Cameron has fought and won a long list of battles against counterfeiters on behalf of the world’s leading brands, some of which have led to high-profile cases that have hit the global media. These have led to raids for product and tooling seizures as well as prison terms for some offenders and often financial compensation for the clients.
Due to the international nature of counterfeiting and trademark matters, his work has taken him all over the world from Africa, Asia, The Americas to Europe. Since 2010 he has been heavily involved with operations in Russia and Turkey, and has vast knowledge on how to action effective Brand Protection in these regions.
Ahmet Furkan Özdemir
Trademark & Patent Attorney
Destek Patent Inc. (Turkey)
As a registered Trademark & Patent Attorney before TURKPATENT (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office), Furkan Özdemir graduated from Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of Finance in 2004 and completed his master’s degree in Uludag University Social Sciences Institute, Department of Finance in 2009. Also, he had his Justice education of Anadolu University in 2020.
Furkan started at Destek Patent Inc. in 2008 as an Overseas Trademark Specialist, and then as Senior Consultant and Head of Customer Care Department. He is now Head of Process Management Department and continues his duty.
Previously, Furkan carried out legal consultancy services related to domestic and international trademark application and registration processes of many clients in many jurisdictions. He also managed many IP portfolios, did bulletin analyses, filed replies against office actions, provisional refusals, oppositions and C&D letters, and legal consultancies as well.
A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States.
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