Turkish gov’t seizes 2,421 trademarks, 101 designs, 15 patents from critics

Turkish government has seized at least 2,421 trademarks, 101 designs along with 15 patents from businesses blacklisted over their alleged links to the the Gülen movement, according to Science, Industry and Technology Minister Faruk Özlü.

“Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has handed over 734 trademarks, 72 designs and 15 patents that used to be owned by FETÖ to TMSF. Also, 1,687 trademarks and 29 designs belonging to businesses affiliated with FETÖ were transferred to the Treasury,” Özlu said in a written statement on July 21.

Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while calling it “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization or FETO.” The movement denies involvement in the coup and any terrorist activity.

The government said early this month that a total of 965 companies with a total value of TL 41 billion [$ 11.32] billion in assets have either been transferred to Turkey’s state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), or trustees have been appointed to their management by the government since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. (turkeypurge.com) July 22, 2017

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