Each year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) publishes an indicators report on industrial property rights, such as the number of applications, registrations, renewals and oppositions for trademarks, patents, industrial designs and geographical indications for the previous year. The WIPO Indicators Report (“Report”) provides important information about the global state of intellectual property and the status of countries in this field. According to the Report, it is understood that Turkey (Türkiye) has recorded steady growth in the number of intellectual property applications, renewals, and oppositions over the past few years. You can access the full version of the Report here.
Although the Report covers the past few years, we will discuss the most recent statistics shown, namely 2021. The statistics of 2021, provided by WIPO concerning trademark, patent, industrial design and geographical indication activities in Turkey are as follows:
There were increases in registration class counts at the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (+73,024) compared to the previous year which also contributed to the overall growth in trademark registration worldwide.
Business services topped the list of industry sectors in Turkey (23.3%) accounting for the largest share of total trademark filing. Agriculture was the second largest sector in Turkey (14.8%).
The number of trademark registrations in force in Turkey was 1,343,048 (class count).
The number of trademark applications (class count) submitted in Turkey was 434,406 indicating an annual growth rate of 19.4%. This increase demonstrates the importance of intellectual property in protecting the rights of creators and innovators in Turkey. In fact, with this number, Turkey is the sixth office with the highest number of the trademark application (class count).
The non-resident share in trademark applications (class count) in Turkey was 9% with a number of 39,247 in 2021.
The number of patent applications submitted in Turkey was 8,476 indicating an annual growth rate of 3.9%.
The number of patent grants in Turkey was 3,387 demonstrating an annual growth rate of 64.2%. This increase suggests that more individuals and companies are participating in patent applications in Turkey compared to the previous year.
Applicants of patents who reside in Turkey (8.4%) filed applications predominantly in transport.
Turkey granted patents for under half of all applications processed in 2021.
The proportion of withdrawn or abandoned applications was 53.7% in Turkey.
The number of design applications submitted in Turkey was 65,924 indicating an annual growth rate of 38.3% compared to the previous year. This increase shows that innovation and creativity continue to drive economic growth in Turkey. In fact, with this number, Turkey is the fifth office with the highest number of industrial design applications.
The number of registration of designs in Turkey was 50,172 indicating an annual growth rate of 11.7% compared to the previous year.
The number of design registrations in force in Turkey was 150,469.
The number of geographical indications in force in Turkey was 981.