Interministerial

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Description

The Inter-Ministerial Intellectual Property Rights Working Group aims to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for the technology, pharmaceutical, household products, and other industries. Parallel import issues are also included in the Group’s scope of enquiry. The Group works closely with the Justice and Health Ministries, meeting directly with their respective Ministers monthly.

Pirated and counterfeit products falsely sold under established brands damage both the companies holding the legitimate rights to the products and Kazakhstan itself, which unknowingly uses low-quality products and medicines in government offices, the public health system, and homes. Pirated technology and consumer products also pose significant health risks as they may contain radioactive, carcinogenic and other dangerous materials.

The focus of the IPR Working Group has recently turned to promoting patent protection through patent linkage models that will afford protection to the pharmaceutical industry.

Chair

Ministerial Chair: Berik Imashev, Minister of Justice of Kazakhstan

AmCham Leader: Donald Townsend, Intellectual Property Rights Attaché to Russia, the CIS and Georgia; U.S. Embassy, Moscow