IP and TMT in Kazakhstan

Bolotov & Partners LLP

Bolotov & Partners LLP specialises exclusively in IP and caters for international and domestic clients. Managing partner Yuri Bolotov, a veteran of the Kazakhstan IP market, assisted a group of luxury fashion designers on bringing charges against infringers selling counterfeit goods; senior associate Zhanat Nurmagambetov, who is head of the firm's IP enforcement practice, supported on this matter. Nurmagambetov was also part of a team that represented an international automobile corporation in a trade mark infringement case. Senior associate Yuliya Lokteva is a trade mark specialist.

Dentons

Dentons has a strong track record in IP matters. Notable highlights included successfully representing a Kazakh telecoms operator in challenging a copyright infringement claim and assisting an oil and gas exploration company with a challenge to an identical brand name. Aigoul Kenjebayeva takes the lead on most matters, and works closely with the firm's Moscow office on large mandates.

Kinstellar LLP

Kinstellar LLP is highly experienced in the TMT sector and advises on telecoms acquisitions, asset transfers and financing matters. The firm also has a strong IP practice, and has acted for global corporations in rights disputes. Joel Benjamin and Adlet Yerkinbayev are the partners in the practice.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is highly active in IP enforcement, in addition to assisting clients with trade mark registrations. Andrei Yorsh recently advised an international corporation on developing a strategy for trade mark protection aimed at enforcing the client's IP rights. Associate Nurgul Abdreyeva is noted for her expertise in this area.

GRATA International

The team at GRATA International advises clients on copyright and trade mark infringements and patent registrations. Senior associate and registered patent attorney Timur Berekmoinov represented a foreign pharmaceuticals company in a trade mark dispute. Saule Akhmetova is director of the IP department and represented an online transport service in court proceedings over patent invalidation.

Legalmax Law Firm

Specialist IP firm Legalmax Law Firm handles trade mark and patent prosecution as well as anti-counterfeiting. Patent attorney Zhanna Abylkhanova is a key figure.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP provides legal support with respect to licenses, trade mark rights, registration and copyright protection. Arlan Yerzhanov is a key contact.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners

Sayat Zholshy & Partners is recommended for its 'IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting practice', and 'advises a number of telecoms companies on various matters'. Amir Begdesenov specialises in antitrust and IP law, and advised Caspian Beverage Holdings on the infringement of its exclusive right to a trade mark by a competitor. Clients say he 'knows the industry and is a strong negotiator'.

Synergy Partners Law Firm LLC

Synergy Partners Law Firm LLC provides a range of IP services, including the purchasing and registration of trade marks, and representation in court in patent disputes. Nurzhan Stamkulov handles the work in this area.