Timescales are dependent on the complexity and type of the IP right. In general cases, with little technical involvement, such as trademark/industrial design infringement or unfair competition, this may take approximately two years to complete for the first instance. Patent infringement cases may take up to three or more years to complete, given the necessity for expert reports.
As for the duration of invalidation suit, there may be maximum three instances:
(i) the proceedings in the court of first instance (Specialized IP Court) takes about 2-3 years (as of the institution of the action depending on the number of hearings, notification to the other party, collecting the defenses, petitions exchanged, number of expert reports issued and oppositions filed there against etc.;
(ii) the proceedings in the court of second instance (Appeal/ Supreme Court) takes about 1 year; and
(iii) very rarely third instance court (Higher Council of Supreme Court) decides in 6 months
Provide that a European patent validated in Turkey is related to the case and opposition proceedings before the EPO are in question, Judge “may” suspend the case until the outcome thereof upon request by either party.