BASCAP's high-level conference on "Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property in Turkey" featured two new ICC/BASCAP reports on the impacts of IP theft in the Turkish economy and guidelines to improve Turkey's IP enforcements regime respectively. A follow-up working group took place to implement BASCAP's recommendations.
Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property conference
29 September 29 2011, BASCAP, ICC Turkey and the Economic Policy Research
Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) co-hosted a conference on "Maximizing the Value of
Intellectual Property". This high level, one day conference brought together
senior Turkish government officials and business leaders, international IP and
anti-counterfeiting experts, and senior executives from the international
business community to share global best practices and explore opportunities for
growing and protecting Turkey’s Intellectual Property systems.
introduced two new ICC/BASCAP reports: an economic report on the impacts of IP
theft on the Turkish economy and a white paper on policy recommendations
designed to highlight areas that could improve Turkey’s IP enforcement
Key speakers at the event included: Rifat
Hisarcıklıoğlu, President, ICC Turkey; Jeffrey
P. Hardy, Director, ICC BASCAP; David
Benjamin, Senior Vice President, Universal Music and co-chair of BASCAP
Steering Committee; Saffet Karpat,
CEEMEA Region Vice President and Turkey Director of the Board, Procter &
Gamble; Francis J. Ricciardone, U.S
Ambassador to Turkey; Hayati Yazici,
Minister of Customs and Trade.
Follow-up to Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property
On 6 March 6
2012, BASCAP and ICC Turkey co-organized, in Ankara, a follow-up meeting to the
29 September 2011 conference hosted by BASCAP, ICC Turkey and the Economic
Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Maximizing the Value of
Intellectual Property in Turkey. The aim of the meeting was to bring together
Turkish government officials and key players in Turkey’s IP and business
communities with the ultimate goal of forming a working group committed to
promoting and improving Turkey’s IP protection and enforcement regime.
BASCAPs recommendations, presented during the September conference,
constitute an important element to create a roadmap forward. The meeting
generated good momentum amongst the participants to move ahead with the
establishment of a joint work plan designed to tackle certain remaining IP
challenges in Turkey and join work in the "Fakes Cost More/IBusy Real"
Key follow-up speakers
Key speakers at the follow-up event included: Pelin
Mavili, Executive Director, ICC Turkish National Committee; Jeffrey Hardy, Director, ICC BASCAP; Professor Dr Arzu Oğuz, Working Group Coordinator,
Ankara University Research Center on Intellectual and Industrial Property
Rights; Kaan Dericioğlu, Ankara Patent
Bureau; Laird D. Treiber, Economic
Counselor, US Embassy.
The 6 March 2012 conference produced several short-term
actions decisions agreed upon by the ICC Turkey's Intellectual Property
Rights (IPR) Commission.
- The IP Road Map will be translated into Turkish and an
editing committee will be formed among commission members to align the text
with the related jargon.
launch event will be organized for the Turkish version of IP Road
- To identify the activities
held by the private sector representatives and the best practices, all
company representatives will prepare short presentations on their
- The Ministry of
National Education, Higher Education Board, Ministry of Finance, and other
related sectoral organizations will be invited to the next meeting of the
- Representation of
Turkish SMEs in the commission will be facilitated.
- The areas of expertise as well as the expectations of
the private sector will be identified to facilitate formation of
- The possibility of
organizing mediation training under the roof of TOBB-ICC Turkey will be