Patents Trademarks | Industrial Designs | Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

  • Patents of invention
  • Trade and Service Marks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Domain Names

LEGAL BASIS

  • Patent Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in force since August 21, 1999, amended on July 9, 2004, March 2, 2007, January 31, 2012 and April 20, 2015.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, as of December 25, 1991.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty, as of December 25, 1991.
  • Eurasian Patent Convention, as of November 4, 1995.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney (no legalization);
  • Specification and abstract (may be filed in Kazakh or Russian language, or any other language, whereby the Kazakh or Russian translation should be filed within two months from the filing date);
  • Drawings if any, 3 sets;
  • Priority certificate, if any.

REMARKS

National Phase of PCT: under Chapter I: 31 months; under Chapter II: 31 months.
Validity: (after full examination) 20 years from the filing date.
Annuities: beginning with the 1st annuity from the filing date. The accumulated annuities are required to be paid after the patent is granted and published (within two months from the publication date).
Opposition: may be presented by any person at any time during the patent validity.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of the Republic of Kazakhstan, of July 26, 1999, in force as of September 4, 1999, amended on March 2, 2007, January 31, 2012 and April 20, 2015.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, as of December 25, 1991.
  • Madrid Agreement, as of December 25, 1991.
  • Madrid Protocol, as of December 8, 2010.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney (no legalization);
  • The sign to be protected, 20 prints (max. size: 8 x 8; labels: actual size, but max. 21 x 29.7 cm);
  • List of goods and/or services, according to the International Classification (to be translated in Kazakh or Russian); one application may include several international classes;
  • Priority document, if any (to be filed within two months from the filing date).

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: trade and service marks, word marks, device marks and combinations thereof, three-dimensional and sound marks. Besides the original version, filing of word mark applications in the Cyrillic alphabet is highly recommended, as the Kazakh language uses the Cyrillic alphabet, and Russian still being a parallel language in the country.
Classification: International.
Obligation to use the registered mark: must be used; if not used within any three-year period after the registration (or last use) date, the mark can be cancelled upon request of an interested party; nominal use (advertising, publications) is accepted in absence of actual use.
Duration - renewals: 10-year periods after the filing date or last renewal date.
Opposition: provided for.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Patent Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in force since August 21, 1999, amended on July 9, 2004, January 31, 2012 and April 20, 2015.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, as of December 25, 1991.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, no legalization;
  • The model itself (or in reduced size), photographs or drawings thereof (3 copies);
  • Specification of the model;
  • Priority document, if any.

REMARKS

Duration - renewals: after a formal and full examination - 15 years from the filing date, renewable for an additional period of 5 years.
Opposition: provided for.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Rules for registration, use and allocation of domain space in the Kazakhstan segment of the Internet, approved by Order of the Minister of Communications and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated September 7, 2010, No 220.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .kz
  • Applicant: individuals and legal entities.
  • Local presence: not required.

REMARKS

Duration - renewals: one year, renewable.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none, but an administrative procedure other than UDRP is available before Kaznic.

General Information

Area: 2,717,300 sq. km.
Population: 15,522,000 (estimated 2011).
Capital: Astana with about 250,000 inhabitants; biggest city, industrial and cultural center: Almaty, with about 1,300,000 inhabitants.
Languages: Kazakh and Russian (as a means of international communication).
Currency: Tenge.

General Remarks

Kazakhstan used to be a part of the former Soviet Union. The republic declared its independence on December 16, 1991. The State Patent Office of Kazakhstan was established on June 23, 1992.

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