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April 17, 2017

Changes to Turkish Specifications of Food Additives

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International Commercial and Trade

Recent Development To harmonize its technical criteria on food additives with those of the European Union, Turkey has repealed the following three communiqués on the purity criteria of sweeteners, colors and other food additives and adopted a new regulation reestablishing specifications for all food additives: The Communiqué No. 2002/27 on the Turkish Food Codex Purity […]

April 14, 2017

Turkey Ratifies the MEDICRIME Convention

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Healthcare

Recent developments The Turkish Parliament recently ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (the “MEDICRIME Convention“) through Law No. 6964 Approving the Ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention, which was published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on April 2, 2017. […]

April 13, 2017

Turkey Further Revises Toy Safety Regulation

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International Commercial and Trade

Recent Development The Toy Safety Regulation entered into force on April 4, 2017 with certain revisions, as you may recall from our previous legal alerts of October 6 and March 14, 2017. Most of the amendments entered into force on April 4, 2017, whereas some revisions will enter into force on May 24 and November […]

April 12, 2017

11th Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court Hands Down Several Decisions Confirming Application of the Good Faith Principle to Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction

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Dispute Resolution

Recent development In a series of recent decisions, the 11th Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that a Turkish defendant is barred from raising a motion for lack of jurisdiction on the grounds that a foreign court has jurisdiction by agreement by application of the good faith principle enshrined under Article 2 of the […]

April 3, 2017

Turkey Introduces Environmental Information System for Waste Control

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International Commercial and Trade

Recent developments The Regulation on Waste Control was recently amended to introduce new waste control procedures. The amendments were published on the Official Gazette and entered into force on March 23, 2017. Background The Regulation on Waste Control is the main piece of legislation governing the control of waste, other than specific types of waste […]

March 30, 2017

Supreme Court Affirms its Historic Precedent Banning Amendments to Claims Following Reversal

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Dispute Resolution

Recent Development The Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its historic precedent of 1948, prohibiting amendments to court claims following the reversal of first instance decisions, in its session dated 6 May 2016. The decision was announced in the Official Gazette on 23 March 2017. The much-criticized precedent There has been a lengthy controversy surrounding […]

March 28, 2017

TİTCK Announces New Procedures for License Applications

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Healthcare

Recent developments The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (the “TİTCK”) recently announced new procedures for the medicine licensing process depending on the payment status of the scientific analysis and assessment fees. Background Scientific analysis and assessment fees are among the mandatory fees in the medicine licensing process. In early January, the TİTCK announced an […]

March 23, 2017

Turkey Revises Rules on Compulsory Licensing

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Healthcare
Intellectual Property

Recent developments Law No. 6769 on the Protection of Industrial Property Rights (the “Industrial Property Law“), ratified on December 22, 2016 and entered into force by publication in the Official Gazette on January 10, 2017,  repeals Decree No. 551 on the Protection of Patents (the “Patent Decree”) and introduces certain amendments to the provisions on […]

March 22, 2017

Industrial Property Law Introduces Major Changes to Design Law

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Intellectual Property

Recent developments The long awaited Law on Industrial Property No. 6769 (the “Industrial Property Law”) was ratified on January 10, 2017. The Industrial Property Law unifies the provisions for trademarks, designs, patents, and geographical indications under a single code. The Industrial Property Law, inter alia, introduces major changes to the protection of designs and enhances […]

March 16, 2017

Updates to Banks’ Outsourcing Regime

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Banking & Finance

Recent developments On March 4, 2017, the Turkish Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority (the “BRSA”) made major changes to the Regulation on Banks’ Outsourced Services, enhancing the scope of the outsourced services. What’s new The collection, counting, distribution and delivery of cash can only be provided by private security companies, whereas the collection, counting, distribution […]

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