Lawyers Okan Çan

Okan Çan

Okan Çan

Deris Attorney-at-Law Partnership

Okan Çan represents market-leading companies in the protection and enforcement of IP rights. His expertise extends to IP litigation, IP strategy, transactional intellectual property, technology licensing, data privacy and publicity rights.

Mr. Çan has achieved notable results in IP disputes. He has represented:

  • leading pharma firms in several IP litigations;
  • a leading technology market player in an extensive project for licensing its standard-essential patents;
  • a multinational firm in complex multi-jurisdictional IP litigation, achieving one of the highest compensation awards for an IP conflict in Turkey;
  • a multinational tobacco firm during the acquisition of the IP assets of the Turkish state monopoly;
  • a leading multinational firm for which he secured the first trademark registration for a colour per se in Turkey; and
  • Leading entertainment content providers for their data privacy policies.

By invitation of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office, in 2016 Mr. Çan participated in and actively worked with the commission established for the preparation of the new Turkish IP Code, which entered into force on 10 January 2017 before the code was enacted. He chaired a sub-committee of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee between 2020-2022. Okan is currently serving as the first Turkish member of the Board of Directors of INTA and the member of the Executive Committee at INTA. Okan has also appointed as the first Turkish member to take place in founding the Global IP Alliance (GLIPA) in Atlanta. He is also serving as the Board Member at GLIPA.

Mr. Çan is listed in IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars, The Legal 500, Chamber and Partners, and WTR 1000 2016-2022 in the gold tier for litigation and enforcement. In 2022 he was awarded with best litigator biotech award throughout EMEA by Life Sciences Magazine.

Practice Areas & Work Department

Intellectual Property

Data Privacy




INTA, Board Member


Video Games: IP Considerations

The video game industry is worth over $175bn and is growing fast. IP rights disputes relating to video games include IP ownership disputes, IP licensing disputes, IP infringement disputes, unfair competition disputes, and IP piracy. As well as IP rights, data protection and regulatory issues are also important considerations. In cases of physical piracy, seizure orders can be obtained; in cases of online piracy, a takedown can be requested. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods for video game IP rights disputes can provide speedy solutions, avoiding multijurisdictional litigation, and can be flexible, confidential, and at a lower cost to the rights owner.


Patent Enforcement at the Borders

Turkey, positioned strategically between Europe and Asia with a population of 82 million and a larger youth population than any EU member state, aims to strengthen its export platform by focusing on high-tech patents. However, Turkey has a counterfeiting problem with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the EUIPO study Mapping the Real Routes of Trade in Fake Goods identifying Turkey as a significant source of counterfeit goods. The Industrial Property Code and the Custom Act 4458 provide viable tools for patentees to enforce their patents effectively and successfully. Patentees must record their patents and provide appropriate documentation to Customs to enable effective enforcement.

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