IP developments in Central Asia


Tatiana Petrova

The geographical boundaries of Central Asia are defined in a variety of ways. In this article, we are concerned with five countries within Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

All these countries were a part of the former USSR. At present, the total population of this area exceeds 60 million. The biggest and most economically developed country in this area is Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan is the most populated.

The intellectual property (IP) laws of these countries were created at the beginning of the 1990s. Initially the relevant laws were very similar to Russian legislation. Over the course of time, the legislation developed and acquired some national speci c characteristics. But generally, the IP laws still share common traits.

These countries are members of many international treaties on IP, including the following:

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