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Sinan Utku
Sinan Utku
Special Counsel
London +44 20 7067 2037 sutku@cov.com Download V-card

Sinan Utku is a US-qualified lawyer who is also authorized to practice in England and Wales, and who is also a US patent attorney authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Dr. Utku is deeply involved with two separate practices at Covington: the patent practice and the Turkey Initiative.

Patent Practice

Dr. Utku focuses on international intellectual property law and patent law.  His practice includes client counseling, especially in the areas of US and UK patent law; IP audits and intellectual property strategy; drafting patent opinions; challenging and defending patents in post-grant patent review procedures; patent litigation; intellectual property transactions and licensing; patent policy and legislative analysis; the drafting of original patent applications; and patent prosecution.  He has had significant experience in the technology areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, telecommunications, fiber optics, cryptography, computer software, business methods, and the electrical arts generally.

Dr. Utku, in addition to his law degree, holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from Yale University.  He regularly speaks at international conferences on patent issues and conducts trainings for clients on patents.

Turkey Initiative

Dr. Utku is based in both our London office and in Ankara, Turkey, where he provides on-the-ground coordination for client matters of our firm in Turkey.  He has accordingly been involved in a broad variety of matters in Turkey, including internal investigations, sanctions work, corporate transactions, EU litigation and international arbitrations, in addition to matters relating to intellectual property, which is his substantive area of expertise. Sinan also provides training and speaks at conferences in Turkey in connection with intellectual property-related matters.  He is a part-time instructor at Bilkent University Law School in Ankara, where he has taught courses on common law contract law, technology law and IP protection for start-up companies.  Dr. Utku is a native-level speaker of Turkish.

Patent Practice

  • Representation of UK pharmaceutical company on patent matters relating to its ongoing collaboration with a manufacturer of innovative pharmaceutical formulations.
  • Representation of multinational technology and energy company in connection with its world-wide employee IP policies and agreements.
  • Ongoing representation of Microsoft at the IP Committee of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project standards-setting organization.
  • Representation of an international software industry organization in connection with policy and legislative issues around the world relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.
  • Representation of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. in IPR proceedings relating to network and mobile devices and players.
  • Representation of CBS Interactive, in inter partes reexamination proceedings relating to mobile communications technology.
  • Representation of Verizon in reexamination proceedings against TiVo relating to patents on video recording functionality.
  • Representation of large consumer electronics company in patent litigation with Lodsys relating to patents on networked devices.
  • Representation of comScore in patent litigation against Nielsen relating to patents on usage monitoring.

Turkey Initiative

  • Represented large Turkish bank in connection with its challenge of EU trade controls before the General Court of the Court of Justice for the European Union.
  • Represented Meteksan Savunma in connection with IP management and strategy issues.
  • Represented major Turkish bank in connection with EU and US sanctions issues.
  • Represented GAMA Güç Sistemleri in connection with US and EU sanctions issues.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical industry organization in connection with pharmaceutical patent issues in Turkey.
  • Representation of multi-national oil company in internal investigation relating to FCPA and UK Bribery Act issues in Turkey.
  • Represented international consumer products company in an international arbitration relating to an insurance dispute arising from losses in Turkey.

Pro Bono

  • Provided assistance to non-governmental organizations in connection with issues relating to freedom of expression in Eastern Europe.
  • Counseling a non-governmental organization on legality of data retention laws under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Licensing Executives Society, UK, Member
  • American Business Forum in Turkey
  • The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, Associate Member