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Crowded cities and unplanned urbanization have always plagued Turkey. According to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (the “Ministry”), more than ten million structures in the country violate zoning laws and regulations. These structures, including factories, shopping malls, and office buildings, are built without a construction permit, used without an occupancy permit, or violate other laws.

The European Commission (“Commission”) has released a report on April 17, 2018, which contained important findings of fact and assessments regarding Turkey’s political situation, economic development, regional issues and international obligations. This document summarizes and evaluates the conclusions put forth by the Commission in its report (“Report”) with respect to intellectual property law in Turkey and its suggestions for the coming years.

After three years of investigation, on July 18, 2018, The European Commission (“Commission”) issued its decision on the well-known Android case and fined Google LLC (“Google”) an astounding €4.34 billion for abusing its dominant position. The Commission held that “since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search”. The fine imposed to Google is the biggest of all times. The decision also opens the door to civil actions under which affected parties may claim compensation for damages incurred due to Google’s abusive conduct.

In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, is given to the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

By publishing its reasoned decision1 on the preliminary inquiry against Duru Bulgur Gida San. ve Tic. A.S. (“DURU”), the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) has added a new one to its decisions which include effect analysis of resale price maintenance (“RPM”) practices.

Cakmak in cooperation with White & Case has advised ERG Otoyol Yatirim ve Isletme A.S. on a loan of approximately EUR 1.1. billion meant for the Ankara-Nigde Motorway Project from Credit Suisse AG, Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S., Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi A.S., Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.S., and the Kuwait Turkish Participation Bank Inc.