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.
The superiority of geographical signs over other industrial property rights is that it protects not only a manufacturer who applies for the registration of a geographical sign but also all those people manufacturing under same conditions. Because geographical signs have some sort of anonymity, a kind of local, regional, country wise generality, the rights provided through such signs cannot be attributed to an individual or individuals.
The geographical sign may be used by everybody who manufactures in according to the provisions of registration.
The petition of application presented for the registration of a geographical sign are evaluated. Where deemed necessary, opinions from any specialist institution or institutions are to be sought.
List of Registered Geographical Signs in Turkey.
The penalties applicable in the case of infringement of the rights arising from the geographical signs vary depending on the nature of the action and participation in the committed crime. The upper and lower limits of the penalties to be applied are as follows:
Any direct and indirect commercial use of a registered name in respect of products which are similar or comparable to the products registered or any use of the name which would exploit the reputation of the registered name are prevented.