Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) announced on Monday that the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) accepted its design registration application.

The company completed another important step in the design process, it said in a statement.

The registration rights are to be valid for the next five years, during which the designs of TOGG vehicles will be prevented from being completely or partially copied by other firms.

On the other hand, TOGG’s design registration applications in Asia and America — currently suspended — are expected to be completed this year.

TOGG will produce five different models — SUV, sedan,

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