Region: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan amends several IP laws; introduces GI protection

Recent amendments to the IP laws have brought about significant changes in the IP field, including the introduction of GI protection and of an opposition procedure for trademarks.

11 July 2022

An IP revolution in Kazakhstan: vastly improved brand protection measures introduced

The Kazakhstan Parliament has passed amendments to its IP legislation, including the addition of trademark opposition proceedings and geographical indications.

16 June 2022

Amendments to official language legislation: key points highlighted

The amendments to the Law on Languages, in particular, will have implications for owners of trademarks protected in Kazakhstan.

28 April 2022

Kazakhstan to introduce mandatory digital labelling of footwear

The mandatory digital labelling of footwear is to be introduced in Kazakhstan on 1 November 2021 in a bid to minimise the presence of counterfeit footwear in the country, which currently makes up 48.5% of the local footwear market.

08 September 2021

Kazakhstan to introduce mandatory digital labelling of medicines

Kazakhstan will start implementing the mandatory digital labelling of medicines on 1 January 2022. The system aims to ensure better quality control and minimise the presence of counterfeit medicines on the market.

05 August 2021

Kazakh Customs introduces online customs watch applications

Amendments to the Kazakh customs legislation have entered into force, introducing an online application system that is expected to significantly reduce the average timeframe for preparing and filing a customs watch application.

11 February 2021

Kazakhstan limits administrative actions that IP owners can take against small businesses

Decree 229 has restricted the administrative actions that IP owners can take against small businesses suspected of IP rights infringement. This is having a negative impact on trademark owners, as raids were the main method of securing evidence against counterfeiters.

20 April 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Kazakhstan candidate Saule Tlevlessova

WTR spoke to the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Saule Tlevlessova in the run-up to the WIPO director general elections. She is the current president of the Eurasian Patent Organisation and held multiple positions at WIPO for almost two decades.

25 February 2020

Taking a stand against the stans: counterfeiting trends in Central Asia

Central Asia is facing a series of unique counterfeiting problems, but a detailed look into the legal measures adopted in the region suggests that Kazakhstan may have the answers.

02 January 2020

Going undercover – tips for monitoring the Central Asia counterfeiting market

As the most developed region in Central Asia, Kazakhstan serves as a transit point for counterfeit goods that are produced in China and trafficked to Russia and then Europe. However, there are legal measures that brand owners can take while awaiting improvements to the existing IP legislation.

12 December 2019

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