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Sinan Utku

Special Counsel
Sinan Utku

Sinan Utku advises clients on patent and intellectual property issues across a variety of technologies, including telecommunications, cryptography, computer software, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and electricals. He has advised clients ranging from large multinational companies, such as Microsoft, Bayer, Huawei, Samsung to smaller, start-up, and middle-sized companies. Mr. Utku holds a Ph.D. in physics, and this, combined with his technical training, enhances his ability to provide sophisticated, commercial advise on complex technical issues. He is also deeply involved with Covington’s Turkey Initiative.

  • Managing world-wide patent portfolios relating to innovative drugs for multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Representation of Huawei in complex patent litigation in the U.S.
  • Representation of Microsoft at the IP Committee of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project standards-setting organization.
  • Representation of Celgene in transactional due diligence of complex portfolio of patents relating to innovative products.
  • Representation of Allergan relating to potential disputes in connection with one of its innovative products.
  • Representation of multinational technology and energy company in connection with its world-wide IP policies and agreements.
  • Representation of BSA in connection with policy and legislative issues around the world relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.
  • Representation of PhRma in connection with proposed patent legislation and public policy issues.
  • 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 Samsung in patent litigation relating to patents on networked devices.

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