IP and TMT in Kazakhstan
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 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.
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.
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.
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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'.