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Grand Cevahir Hotel


Grand Cevahir Hotel ve Kongre Merkezi
Darülaceze Cad. Şişli

Tel: +90 212 314 42 42
Fax: +90 212 314 42 92


European Patent Office
Turkish Patent Institute
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What is the PATLIB2014 Conference?

PATLIB conferences are annual networking events taking place in a different EPO Member State every year.

Since 2011 a new format was adapted and now every second year (odd numbers: 2013, 2015, etc) the conference is devised as a "learning event" at an EPO location.

PATLIB networking events are an opportunity to share best practices and experiences with other PATLIB centres in Europe.

This year's event is organised in co-operation with the Turkish Patent Institute

Participation fee

There is no participation fee for the conference and the breakout sessions.

A surcharge for accompanying persons attending the dinner on Thursday, 15 May 2014 may apply – details to follow.

Official languages

The official languages of the conference will be English, French and German. Simultaneous interpreting will be available in the main auditorium. All breakout sessions will be in English only.


As of 10 April 2014 visas are no longer issued at the airport on arrival in Turkey!

The new regulations specify that visas must be acquired in advance.

We advise you to obtain an “evisa” as recommended by the Turkish authorities; this is quicker and less expensive.

Please check the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before your departure for Istanbul to make sure whether you need a visa:

At the time of publication of this page, citizens for the following EPO member states require a visa to enter Turkey (costs: 20 USD).

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Not a citizen of an EPO member state?

Please check the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for details before your departure for Istanbul:


A welcome drink will be served in the exhibition area in the Grand Cevahir Hotel on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 between 17.00 and 19.00 hrs.

On conference days, refreshments will be served during the networking breaks on site. Lunch will be provided on 15 and 16 May 2014 between 12.30 - 14.00 hrs (not for accompanying persons).

Evening event

Thursday, 15 May 2014 19.30 hrs:

The Turkish Patent Institute invites you to a dinner at the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros)

Buses leave the Grand Cevahir Hotel at 18.30 hrs

Registration desk

The conference registration desk will be open on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 between 17.00 and 19.00 hrs and from 08.00 hrs onwards on 15 and 16 May 2014.

Information about Istanbul

The official Istanbul tourist information website:

Using a taxi in Istanbul

Particularly in the tourist areas (Taksim Square) we advise you to:

  • Insist on meter being switched on
  • Note the car registration

Parking at the Cevahir Hotel, Istanbul

Parking at the hotel is possible at a daily rate of 15 Turkish Lira (approximately EUR 5) but it is advisable to clarify this with the service department in advance (Tel. +90 (212) 314 42 42 or +90 (212) 314 42 36)

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