Pharmaceutical Patent Protection in Turkey
Gaye Ramazanoglu, Intellectual Property Specialist, Sanovel, Turkey
Between 1994 and 1995, Turkey conducted necessary legislative studies to establish an efficient and contemporary industrial property system and obtained very important concrete results. Turkey has ratified many international agreements regarding the IP system and as a result of this, pharmaceutical products and their process procedures have also started to be protected by Intellectual Property (IP) rights since 1st January 1999. This means an important Turkish Industrial Property Revolution.
The international agreements regarding the IP system are, PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) which has come into force in 1st January 1996 and the EPC (European Patent Convention) in 1st November 2000. As a result of these changes, Turkey has some problems as other developing countries during the transition periods concerning their IP system.
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