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Mehmet Gün
Office:
Kore Sehitleri Cad. No 17
Zincirlikuyu
34394
City:
Istanbul
Country:
Turkey
Tel:
+90 212 354 00 12
Fax:
+90 212 274 20 95

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Trademarks

Mehmet Gün has experience of more than 30 years as one of the leading international lawyers and the most prominent IP rights commercial litigation attorney in Turkey by numerous publications and directories. He founded his eponymous law firm Gün + Partners in 1986 and developed it as an institutional law firm and bringing it to be one of the largest leading fullservice law firm in Turkey.

What inspired you to enter the legal profession?

I wanted to excel and surpass myself by utilising all my personal skills and contributing to justice.

What is the most rewarding aspect of practising in trademarks law?

It is very rewarding to see that the productivity and proper competition flourishes with the immense help of trademark creation and protection while at the same time the quality of goods and services is continuously increased for the benefit of consumers.

What is the defining feature of your firm’s trademarks practice?

My firm’s trademark practice’s main differences to our peers are: full-cycle service ranging from prosecution, litigation and enforcement to investigation, strategy and international services; the largest panel of leading individuals; all having international exposure; and uncompromised quality of service, punctuality and promptness.

Out of all the cases you have worked on, which one most sticks in your mind and why?

I have handled many cases with a very high profile, but one that immediately comes to mind is the Jumbo v Jumbo case where I had to delve into the finer areas of Turkish law, compatibility with international treaties, dilution issues, etc. Another one is where an infringer who was packing health-hazardous material in candies was stopped within hours. There are also dozens of cases in pharmaceutical trademarks cases where the public prosecutors sought our help where health regulations were insufficient to prevent the sale of false drugs; and several cases with record-breaking damages orders exceeding millions of US dollars.

How does Gun + Partners maintain its position as an independent in an international market?

We keep abreast of developments all over the world. We are there if there are any events where trademark law is discussed for improvements. We continuously and vigorously train our lawyers – half of their time goes into professional development. We continuously bring innovation in performing our services and never compromise from the quality of our top service levels.

How have the recent political events in Turkey affected your practice?

We maintain business as usual and have not been affected at all.

What do you anticipate in the future for the trademarks legal sector in Turkey?

It will be probably the most advanced field of law in conformity with state-of-the-art practices in other jurisdictions.

How do you feel your practice will continue to develop over the coming years?

We will continue to be the leading firm in this field and will invest all it needs in order to preserve our unrivalled leadership by innovating, providing full-service, investing in our people and striving to be opinion leaders – not locally but internationally.

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