Industrial Property & Intellectual Rights

Domain Names

Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) is the official entity in Turkey that is appointed to register top level domain names for instance “com.tr”. One can go to METU site and follow the instructions by filling out the form on the METU Internet address in Ankara. Foreign corporations do not need local representation to register domain names as long as they follow these instructions. To have application form in both Turkish and English, www.nic.tr address and the Top Level Domain Administrator can be used.

THE CCTLD AUTHORITY IN TURKEY

The official entity which is assigned to register top level domain names such as …com.tr, in Turkey is Middle Eastern Technical University (METU). Indeed, it is possible to follow-up your own case through reaching the related site of METU www.nic.tr and fill a form provided on the internet address of METU in Ankara whereby foreign companies do not need to be represented by local providers for registering domain names. You can use the www.nic.tr address to reach the application form for Turkish domain name, both in Turkish and English, and the Top Level Domain Administrator.

University (METU) is the official entity in Turkey that is appointed to register top level domain names for instance ...com.tr. One can go to METU site and follow the instructions by filling out the form on the METU Internet address in Ankara. Foreign corporations do not need local representation to register domain names as long as they follow these instructions. To have application form in both Turkish and English, www.nic.tr address and the Top Level Domain Administrator can be used. DESIGNATED AUTHORITY TO APPLY FOR CCTLD REGISTRATIONS IN TURKEY The administration of the country code top level domain (CCTLD) of “com.tr” is handled by the Middle East Technical University (METU / ODTÜ in Turkish). The application for the top level Turkish domain name registrations are to be made online through the web site https://www.nic.tr. A nic-handle should be used for any action on the website.

Middle East Technical University (METU/ ODTÜ) administrates the country code top level domain (CCTLD). https://www.nic.tr is the related website to apply for CCTLD on-line. For any action on the web-site, a nic-handle shall be used.

THE DURATION THAT A DOMAIN NAME CAN BE REGISTERED IN TURKEY

The registration of a Turkish domain name can last from 1 to 5 years. After the lapse of 5 years protection period, the period is renewable from 1 to 5 years with the payment of required renewal fee.

DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES

Arbitration mechanism does not exist in Turkey for the dispute resolution. However, there is a counseling group in METU comprising of 11 members of different institutions, such as internet Higher Council, Ministry of Transport, Turkish Patent Institute, Internet Service Providers, Turkish Bars Association called DNS group to settle the conflicts of domain names.

Turkish domain name applications are published in the web-site www.nic.tr in case any opposition for 6 months excluding the one arising from the company name or basing on trademark applications. The DNS group considers if any opposition claim is made by a third party evidencing his right on the domain name.

In case any detriment to the intellectual property rights of our clients, Turkish domain names in Turkey that have been published on the objection list for opposition can be followed by our watching service.

Please contact our office Paragon Consultancy and Trade Inc. for disputing matters in Turkey related to Turkish domain names.