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Unregistered Trademark Rights Include Stylised Use of Word Mark

by Ceylin Beyli
CBL Law Office - Istanbul Office

May 5, 2014

Previously published by World Trademark Review Daily on Spring 2014

A recent decision of the Turkish Patent Institute has showed that the principle of ‘genuine rights ownership’ covers the use of a word mark in a stylised form, as well as any prior use of the mark. The applicant, a Turkish textile company, sought to register a mark that combined the word and device marks of the opponent, a European street-fashion clothing company. In addition, the word element of the mark applied for copied the opponent’s stylised use of its word mark.


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