The term of protection of the registered designs in Turkey is 5 years from the date of application. The term of protection may be extended up to 25 years in every 5-years renewal period.
The geographical sign is an industrial property right describing a product originated from any region or attributable to any region due to its quality, reputation or other characteristics.
No inventive step is sought for the utility models. In addition, no utility model protection is possible for the methods, the products resulted from such methods and chemical substances.
Trademark cancellation law suits have several grounds. However, these cases are usually filed for reasons of prior usage or registration. Except for the reason of non-usage, the burden of proof is always on the plaintiff. The disclosure of evidence covering prior usage also becomes important before filing the lawsuit.