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Merve Altınay


Merve’s main focus is intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.

Merve takes all necessary steps to protect and strengthen clients’ intellectual property portfolios, such as oppositions against notifications in the Official Gazette as well as office actions. She protects clients’ intellectual property rights by preparing cease and desist letters as well as organizing and conducting raids for the seizure of counterfeit products. Merve also prepares petitions for trademark cancellation and non-use actions before the Turkish courts.

She advises a well-known technology company regarding its intellectual property rights and infringement on the Internet, including sending cease and desist letters and seeking all civil and criminal remedies. She also represents one of the biggest international pharmaceutical companies on its trademark matters by conducting raids, pursuing criminal actions and protecting its trademark portfolio, including oppositions and office actions. Moreover, she organized many anti-counterfeiting activities for another well-known company in the clothing sector.

Recent examples of Merve’s work include;

  • Filing oppositions against bad faith trademark applications and office actions
  • Filing cancellation actions and obtaining a preliminary injunction decision without a guarantee to prevent the trademark holder to enforce its rights against the genuine owner
  • Filing an action against a Turkish Patent Institute office action for a leading global hotel chain
  • Supporting advice to local and international clients regarding their trademark portfolios

Istanbul Bar Association (2013)


Marmara University,  School of Law (2012)


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