The geographical indication is the sign indicating a product that has become associated with a locality, area, region or country where it originates due to an apparent characteristic, its reputation or other features.
The geographical indications shall be registered as the appellation of origin or designation of origin according to the features set out in 6769 numbered Turkish Industrial Property Code.
According to article 34 of 6769 numbered Turkish Industrial Property Code: The names that identify products, which originate from a locality, region or in exceptional cases a country with designated geographical boundaries; that derive their all or principal characteristics from the natural or human factors exclusively attributed to this geographical area where their production, processing and all other operations take place, are appellation of origin.
The same article states that: The names identifying products, which originate from a locality, region or in exceptional cases a country with designated geographical boundaries; that is associated with this region due to an apparent characteristic, its reputation or other features; where at least one of the steps from production, processing or other operations take place within the boundaries of the designated geographical area, are designation of origin.
Names that are not considered as the appellation of origin or designation of origin but are proven to have been traditionally used in the relevant market for at least thirty years to describe the product and fulfill at least one of the conditions stated in 6769 numbered Industrial Property Code, shall be identified as traditional specialty guaranteed mark.
KIRCI Law Office (KIRCI Law Office) renders services regarding geographical signs from application to the representation of our clients before Intellectual Property Courts, Court of Cassation/Supreme Court and Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TPTO) in Turkey.