Region: Kazakhstan

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

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.

19 March 2019

Rights holders take note: pending trademark applications now available online

All pending trademark applications in Kazakhstan are now available on the website of the National Institute of Intellectual Property. This is expected to simplify the monitoring of potentially infringing applications.

03 December 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.

18 September 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.

24 July 2018

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.

07 December 2016

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.

01 September 2015

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.

03 July 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’.

12 June 2012

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