TurkPatent carries out the following steps for registration:
- procedural and novelty examination (1-6 months)
- publication of the registration decision (3 months)
- examination of oppositions and appeals
- granting registration (2 months)
TurkPatent examines the design application in terms of formal, substantive, and novelty criteria. The novelty examination is conducted through online search tools to determine whether the design is presented to the public in any part of the world or not. If the design differs only in minor details, it shall be accepted as identical and the application is refused.
The design fulfilling the criteria is published in the Bulletin. The applicant along with the application may request the postponing of the publication for a period of thirty-month starting from the application date or, if any, the priority date.
If no opposition is filed by third parties or the opposition of a third party is rejected by the Department of Re-examination and Evaluation, the registration certificate of the design is issued.
The protection term of a registered design covers a period of five-year as from the date of filing. This period may be prolonged in total up to twenty-five years by means of renewing in five-year periods.
Request for renewal needs to be made by the design proprietor within six months before the expiry of the protection date. In case no request is made to the TurkPatent within this period, a renewal request may be made within six months after the expiry of the protection date, provided that an additional fee is paid.