There are no procedures for a design application in TRNC, yet it is possible to register your trademark. To be able to register a trademark in TRNC, PoA notarized and legalized up to the Turkish Consulate is needed.
Unlike Turkey, TRNC adopts the single-class trademark application system. This system brings the need to file separate applications for each class.
Another difference of TRNC from the Turkish system is that the Nice Classification is accepted without services; that is, trademark applications can be made for the list of goods which comprises 34 classes. As for the ones who want to register their service marks, they are advised to apply for the related goods such as 9 and 16th classes for banks; 8, 16 and 24th classes for hotel services; 9 and 16th classes for malls; 29, 30 and 16th classes for restaurants. Please consult us for more information.
It is also important to note that if the targeted trademark is registered in the same or related class in the name of another person or company in Turkey, it would definitely be rejected in TRNC. Any trademark registered in the same or related classes in the name of another applicant in Turkey cannot be registered in the name of a different person or company in TRNC.
After filing, the trademark is examined in terms of formality and similarity check. In the absence of any obstacles to the registration, the trademark is published in the official bulletin for 3 months. During publication, any third party may object to the trademark application.
The registration certificate is issued in the absence of any opposition. The protection term of trademark registration is 7 years from the date of application, and the registration is renewable for periods of 14 years. A request for renewal can be made within 6 months from the last day over the term of protection upon payment of an additional renewal fee.
The trademarks which are not used for a 5 years term become vulnerable to cancellation actions based on non-use.