- What are the required documents to validate a European patent in Turkey?
- Is a Power of Attorney required to validate a European patent?
- Is Turkey party to London Agreement?
- What is the deadline for the validation of a European patent in Turkey?
- What are the translation requirements for validation of a European patent in Turkey?
- What is the time limit for submitting the translations during the EP validation process?
- Is there a possibility of extending the deadlines for validating European patents in Turkey?
- Is translation correction permitted?
- Must an applicant appoint a national attorney to validate an EP patent in Turkey?
- Can an applicant gain legal protection against third parties in Turkey before the grant of a European patent?
- How can an applicant maintain patent protection?
- What steps should an applicant take to ensure the protection of a European patent in Turkey continues after the patent is amended or limited?
- Is it possible to change a European patent application into a national patent application or a utility model application?
Following documents are required for validating an EP patent:
- request to validate a patent;
- European patent application and European patent number;
- Turkish title and abstract;
- translation of complete specification with description, claims, drawings (if any), and abstract (can be provided within 3 months after the mention of the grant);
- payment receipt of the official fee.
No, a POA is not required for the validation of a European patent.
No, Turkey is not a party to the London Agreement which aims at reducing the costs relating to the translation of European patents.
A European patent should be validated within 3 months after the date on which the mention of the grant is published in the European Patent Bulletin.
All the parts of a patent text, namely the description, claims, drawings, and abstract should be translated into Turkish as granted, amended, or limited.
The translation should be submitted within 3 months after the date on which the mention of the grant or the decision to maintain the patent as amended is published in the European Patent Bulletin. In addition to that, the extension of this time limit for 3 months is possible by paying an additional fee.
No, there is no extension of time limits for the validation of European patents.
Yes, the corrected Turkish translation can be submitted to TURKPATENT at any time by paying the prescribed fee.
Yes, an applicant without residence or principal place of business in Turkey must appoint a registered Turkish patent attorney.
Yes, by publishing the translation of the claims in the patent bulletin, an applicant can claim rights against third parties before the grant of the European patent. The following documents should be submitted for the publication of the claims in the patent bulletin:
- European patent application number,
- translation of claims,
- payment receipt of the official fee.
After the publication of the grant, a yearly maintenance fee has to be paid in advance each year throughout the protection period. It should be noted that annual fees falling due between the date of grant of the European patent and the expiry of validation term can be paid until the end of the validation term without any additional charges.
In case a European patent is amended or limited, the publication fee and the translation of the amended patent specification should be submitted to TURKPATENT within 3 months from the publication of the declaration of amendment/limitation decision in the European Patent Bulletin. If the Turkish translation of the amended patent specification is not submitted to TURKPATENT with the publication fee in due time or if additional time is not requested by paying the extension fee along with this fee, the European patent is considered invalid in Turkey from the beginning.
Yes, a European patent application, which is deemed to be withdrawn can be converted into a national patent or a utility model application if Turkey is one of the designated countries.