Turkish Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Turkey, claiming that the iPhone and iPad were “intellectual Property of Turkey”.
TIPO has named Apple as one of its “defendants” in the case, arguing that it had made “substantial payments” to Apple to create the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus.
The patent filing comes days after Apple denied a Turkish claim that the Apple Watch is part of Turkey’s patent portfolio.
Turkish patent holder TIPOs claims that the patent applications for the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are “intended to be used for electronic applications”, and that it is “possible that the application was created using intellectual property of Turkey” as well.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed on Monday in Ankara’s Supreme Court, according to The New York Times.
The filing comes just two weeks after the Supreme Court in Istanbul ruled in favour of TIPOS claim that Apple infringed on Turkey’s patents.
Turkey has been the main target of US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) action in recent years, and the case against Apple has also been seen as a possible way to settle the patent war.
The PTO has also threatened to stop issuing patent applications in the US if Apple fails to resolve the dispute.
“TIPOs’ actions are not only a clear violation of the United States Patent Act but also an infringement of Turkey,” TIPOC spokesperson Ihsan Omer told TechRadar in an email.
“The PTO is preparing legal measures against TIP Os’ actions.”