16 Ekim 2012


When knowledge merges with power of thinking, mankind can go beyond the known borders. Not only creating new products and methods but also adapting known techniques to diffeent applications and creating new utilization fields are important. Such innovative investments are likely to be protected  by means of Patent, Utility Model or design registration in respect to outer appearance.
Patent and Utility Model registration protects functional features while Design registration protects appearance features and thus provides monopoly rights to the owner in area of use. On the other hand, right owners  are granted the right to impose prohibition to use against third persons. Therefore, it is aimed to remove all doubts in the mind of consumer.
We would like to share one of the most attractive and innovative applications of recent times  here. Scientists have developed 3D body scanning machine capable to measure body sizes  and thus creating virtual image. The virtual image created on the monitor gets rid of the issue of trying all clothes in stores and when the fitting size is found,  it can be bought without any doubt.
In practice,  the customer goes into a scanner in the form of a picture taking cabin with his/her underwears. The low intensity infrared rays scans more than 300 thousand points in the body and it takes 12 seconds at the most. Thus, more than 100 body sizes can be collected.
Then, the customer can try the clothes in the “virtual dressing cabin”  on computer monitor just hitting a couple of keys.  Even they can upload their images to internet,  and can try the clothes in online stores by means of computer or digital television. Particularly, no doubt it is an important development for verifying the size for those shopping on internet.
Whether or not the product is patentable, or really novelty cannot be known now but patent application has already been filed. Do not get surprised if it spreads and becomes part of our lives shortly.

14 Ekim 2012


“The trademark in the market is needed not the one in the cabin.” That is exactly what Mr. Nihat Ergün, Minister of Science and Industry says. A complaint for not becoming trademark yet.

When Turkish Patent Institute’s data are examined, it is seen that there is drastic increase in number of trademark applications.  However, we are considerably mean in terms of putting the registered trademarks in market for use. We like keeping registration documents of the registered trademarks in “important assets” folder. With the words of Mr. Minister “we have the mentality of putting the trademark in cabin and lock it there in respect to trademark consciousness.” On the other hand, we have to take fast and big steps in trademark matter and achieve brandization. Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology targets to create at least 10 trademarks well known, recognized globally by 2023. When number of applications is considered, the increasing rate is pleasing but we must put our brands in the market, promote and use them. However, investment in our trademarks can only provide creating worldwide trademarks.

In comparison with last year, the number of trademark, Patent and Design applications is as follows :
Increase Rate

Number of Trademark and Patents is as follows:
Trademark:103 thousand  74713 thousand  976117 thousand
Patent7 thousand  2626 thousand  22313 thousand  485

Turkey has broken a record in trademark application. It ranks in number one in Europe with about 120 thousand trademark applications. In 2011 103 thousand 747 local and 13 thousand 976 foreign in total 117 thousand trademark applications were made. France is in rank two after Turkey with 91 thousand 214 applications.

Last year 7 thousand 262 local and 6 thousand 223 foreign in total 13 thousand 485 patent and utility model applications were made at Turkish Patent Institute.

The increase rate of local patent applications of Turkey in 2011 is 26 percent.
Local patent and utility model application increase in first six month of this year have increased by 14 per cent when compared to the same period of last year and the number of application has increased from 3 thousand 698 to 4 thousand 202. Foreign patent and utility model application increase  has been 19 per cent when compared to the same period of last year and the number of applications has increased from 2 thousand 918 to 3 thousand 470.

As long as we could not achieve brandization in reality, broken record and achieved rank one will not be triggering development, which is considerably clear.