Kazakhstan

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.

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Kazakhstan candidate Saule Tlevlessova
Going undercover – tips for monitoring the Central Asia counterfeiting market
12 Dec 2019

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.

Seven counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Kazakhstan
5 Aug 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Kazakhstan

In the next edition of our series highlighting the physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we turn our attention to the locations in Kazakhstan that brand owners should have on their policing radar.

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11 Feb 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. Read more

20 Apr 2020

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. Read more

2 Jan 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. Read more

19 Mar 2019

Louis Vuitton victory, Apple Pencil confusion, and brand loyalty declining: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a call for post-Brexit partnerships to combat fakes, looking ahead to the WIPO elections, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to regulate Facebook sellers, and much more. Read more

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24 Jul 2018

Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the TTAB siding with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan enacting new IP law amendments, and much more.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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7 Dec 2016

Kazakhstan drafts amendments to IP laws

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice has drafted a new law amending and supplementing a number of IP laws and regulations. The aim is to bring the country’s IP legislation fully into line with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s standards in the area of IP protection and with the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks.

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18 Sep 2018

Kazakhstan amends IP legislation - key changes highlighted

Various amendments to the IP legislation have come into force in Kazakhstan. This update highlights the most significant changes brought about by the amendments. Read more

1 Sep 2015

Significant amendments to trademark law introduced

Significant changes have recently been introduced to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin. Among other things, the amended law establishes the principle of regional exhaustion of trademark rights, and Article 4 provides for the registration of trademarks in the name of both legal entities and natural persons. Previously, a natural person had to be registered as an entrepreneur in order to be entitled to register a trademark.

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3 Jul 2012

Amendments to trademark legislation enter into force

Numerous amendments to Kazakhstan’s trademark legislation have entered into force. Among other things, the amendments establish strict requirements regarding the language of documents filed with the Kazakh Patent and Trademark Office. The language requirements contribute to an increase in the filing costs and have thus provoked negative reactions among local trademark attorneys.

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12 Jun 2012

Kazakhstan now third country in the world to offer Cyrillic domain names

The Kazakh Registry has announced the opening of domain name registrations under ‘.қаз’, which means that it is now possible to register domain names entirely in characters from the Kazakh Cyrillic alphabet. During the sunrise period, which ends on July 31 2012, holders of trademarks registered before December 31 2011 and containing Kazakh alphabet characters can register the exact equivalent domain name under ‘.қаз’.

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