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Round table and seminar on intellectual property on 29 and 30 September in Astana

Published: October 19, 2015

In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a round table and seminar on intellectual property were held in Astana on 29 and 30 September 2015. The main focus of the discussions was on the exhaustion of property rights and the issue of parallel imports and border seizures. Representatives of the "Intellectual Property" division of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice and other experts from Kazakhstan and other countries took part in the first day of the event. A video link with the administrative unit of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice for the Dzhambyl region also enabled others, such as judges from specialist courts in the region, to take part in the round table discussions.

The second day of the event was targeted at around 60 specialists, most of whom were judges from specialist commercial courts in Astana and the regions. Contributions from German experts were met with great interest by the Kazakh participants. Dr. Oliver Schön, a judge from the Regional Court 1 in Munich, reported on "Parallel imports, in particular the issue of burden of proof and parallel imports in pharmaceuticals," whilst patent attorney Christian Hano reported on border seizures in Germany.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by high-ranking officials on both days. On the first day, Deputy Minister of Justice Elvira Azimova chaired the conference, with Abzal Yestayev, Head of "Intellectual Property" at the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice, taking over on the second day.