Saule Kulzhambekova

Senior Counsel
Deputy Managing Partner
Trademark & Patent Attorney of RK

Saule Kulzhambekova has worked in the area of intellectual property ("IP") rights protection for more than 20 years and has been a registered trademark & patent attorney of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2005.
Saule worked as a Senior Expert responsible for trademark examination at the National Patent Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan for about 7 years. In 2001-2002 she managed the Legal Department of Kazakhstan Institute for Patent Examination of the Committee for IP Rights of the Ministry of Justice. Saule was actively involved in drafting and discussing amendments to legislative acts in the area of IP rights protection.
She has participated in court hearings relating to IP rights as a representative of the Institute of Patent Examination of Kazakhstan and as a specialist in the field of trademark protection. Currently Saule represents individual and corporate clients in courts of all levels and in the Appeal Board of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mrs. Kulzhambekova has a vast experience in fighting violations of trademark and patent rights in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and a considerable court practice in disputes over IP rights.
Saule continuously lectures at training seminars in the field of intellectual property protection.

Main Publications

  • «Legal trademark protection abroad» - online version of Kazakhstan weekly business newspaper «Капитал.kz», November, 2013
  • «Kazakhstan: Intellectual Property Rights» (in co-authorship with Yuri Bolotov) – World Trademark Review (Anti-counterfeiting 2009), May, 2009
  • «Uzbekistan: Protection of Intellectual Property» – GMB Research, March, 2009
  • «Kazakhstan: Protecting Trademark Rights» (in co-authorship with Yuri Bolotov) – IP Value, January 2009
  • «Turkmenistan: Intellectual Property Protection» – GMB Research, 2009
  • «Intellectual Property of Companies» (in co-authorship with Yuri Bolotov) - Newsletter for Oil Companies, 2004
  • «Trademark and Franchising Agreement» - www.franchising.kz, 2004
  • «Protect Your Trademark Abroad» - Foreign Economic Activity in Kazakhstan, Export Magazine, 2004
  • «Legal Protection of Exclusive Rights to the Items of Intellectual Property» (in co-authorship with Yuri Bolotov) – Intellectual Property of Kazakhstan, Scientific Practical Magazine of the IPR Committee, 2004
  • «Software Copyright Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan» (in co-authorship with Yuri Bolotov) - Doing Business with Kazakhstan (3-rd Edition), Cogan Page & Contributors, 2004
  • «Well-known Trademarks Protection in Kazakhstan» - Zaman magazine, Almaty, 2003
  • «Use of a Trademark, Service Mark and Appellation of Origin of Goods» - Chapter of the Textbook Principles of the Patent Rights and Patenting in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zheti Zharghy, Almaty, 2003
  • «Designations, Which Can Not Be Acknowledged as Trademarks and Appellations of Origin of Goods» – Chapter of the Textbook Principles of Patent Rights and Patenting in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zheti Zharghy, Almaty, 2003
  • «Absolute and Others Basis, which Exclude of Trademark Registration» - Chapter of the Textbook Principles of Patent Rights and Patenting in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zheti Zharghy, Almaty, 2003
  • «Trademark Using» - Chapter of the Textbook Principles of Patent Rights and Patenting in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zheti Zharghy, Almaty, 2003
  • «Well-known Trademarks as the Objects of Legal Protection» - Zanger, law magazine, 2002

Honors

  • Registered trademark & patent attorney of the Republic of Kazakhstan, registration No.54;
  • Certificate of WIPO on the subject of "General Course on Intellectual Property", Geneva, Switzerland, 2002;
  • Certificate of the Patent and Trademark Office of USA (training courses), Arlington, USA, 2002
  • Certificate of Center for Raising the level of advocates’ skill and education advocates of Advocate Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan (training course on the subject of “Court proceeding”), Almaty, 2008

Education

  • Adilet Higher Law School, Almaty, Kazakhstan, with Honors, lawyer, 2000
  • Almaty Architectural Building Institute, Almaty, Kazakhstan, wood processing engineer, 1989

Professional affiliations

  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Association of the Patent Attorneys of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court
  • MARQUES

Practices & Industries

  • Intellectual Property (protection and enforcement of IP rights, drafting and registering agreements for use of trademarks, patents and copyright in Kazakhstan and other CIS countries)
  • Franchising (analysis, preparation of drafts of franchising agreements and consulting in this field)

Previous Experience

  • Senior Counsel, McGuireWoods Kazakhstan LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2004–2010
  • Attorney, Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd., Kazakhstan, 2002-2004
  • Head of the Legal Department, Institute for Patent Examination of Kazakhstan, Legal Department, 2001-2002
  • Senior Expert, National Patent Office, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Department, 1993-2001

Languages

  • English
  • Kazakh
  • Russian
Education

Academic Law School under the National Research Institute of State & Legislation of the Kazakh Academy of Science, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Lawyer, 1998

Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute, Metallurgical Engineer, Physical Chemistry, 1983

Mr. Bolotov is a registered patent and trademark attorney of Kazakhstan. For now more than 20 years he has worked in the area of use and protection of intellectual property rights including trademarks, patents, inventions, utility models and industrial designs, copyrights and know-how in Kazakhstan and other countries. Yuri has represented a number of major international corporations in courts of various levels and state agencies, has participated in pre-court settlements and general commercial negotiations. His experience includes due diligence of Kazakhstani and foreign companies, and IP audits. He also has extensive experience in corporate, anti-monopoly and employment matters.


Practices & Industries
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent and Trademark Litigation
  • Technology Transfers & Licensing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Joint Ventures
  • Franchising
Previous Experience
  • Managing Partner, BMF Group LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2010-2012
  • Managing Attorney/Partner, McGuireWoods Kazakhstan LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2004-2010
  • Associate, Trademark & Patent Attorney, Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd., Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1998-2004
  • Associate, Trademark & Patent Attorney, Baker & McKenzie CIS Ltd., Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1995-1998
  • Director, Trademark & Patent Attorney, Bolotov & Partners LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1993-1995
Honors
  • Medal of the Committee of Intellectual Property Rights of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the contribution in the development of the patent system, 2013
  • Certificate of honor of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the excellent cooperation, 2012
  • "Senior Research Scientist", Technology of Silicates and Refractory Materials, (Diploma of the State Higher Attestation Commission, Moscow), 1991
  • Honorary Badge "USSR Inventor", 1988
Academic Degrees
  • Fairfax University, Louisiana, USA, D.Litt, 2002
  • Riga Polytechnic University, PhD, 1987
Main Publications
  • Mr. Bolotov is the author of more than 60 articles on legal issues, 18 inventions and more than 40 articles on physical chemistry and materials of high-temperature technology.
  • Kazakhstan Section of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise 2015 (in co-authorship with V.Markov) - 2015
  • "On Protection of Trademarks by Customs Measures" (in co-authorship with M. Rudic, Zh. Nurmagambetov) - April, 2012
  • «Kazakhstan: Protecting Trademark Rights» (in co-authorship with S. Kulzhambekova) – IP Value, 2009
  • “Intellectual property in KAZAKHSTAN +” - The Russia/Eurasia Executive Guide, July 2008
  • "Outbound Investment in Kazakhstan: Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan, China Law & Practice, March 2008
  • «Due Diligence of a Company for Intellectual Property» (in co-authorship E. Shatrova), Industry of Kazakhstan, 2004
  • «Software Copyright Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan» (in co-authorship with S. Kulzhambekova) - Doing Business with Kazakhstan (3rd Edition), Cogan Page & Contributors, 2004
  • «Protection and Defence of Know-How» - Chapter V of the Text Book Principles of Patent Law and Patenting in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Zheti Zharghy, 2003
  • «Limits to Intellectual Property Rights in Kazakhstan: Trade Names, Trademarks and Appellations of Goods Origin» (in co-authorship with Dr. R. Mukhamedshin) - Trademark World, No. 151, October 2002
  • «Protection of Marks in Kazakhstan» (in co-authorship with Dr. T. Kaudirov) -Trademark World, March 2002
  • «IP and New Customs Regulations in the Republic of Kazakhstan» - World Intellectual Property Report, January 2002
  • «Domain Names and Intellectual Property Matters» (in co-authorship with Dr. T. Kaudirov) - Legal Reform in Kazakhstan, 2001
  • «New Law Adopted on Legal Protection of Selective Breeding Achievements» (in co-authorship with Dr. E. Shatrova) - World Intellectual Property Report, 2000
Speaking Engagements
  • Reports at the international conferences devoted to intellectual property rights protection in Kazakhstan and Central Asia: INTA ( 2009, USA), LESI (South Africa, 2010), CRDF (USA, 2007); Business Breakfast at St. Petersburg Legal Forum (Russia 2015) and many others
  • Lectures and trainings related to IP rights protection for state bodies and private companies, as well as LLM and MBA students, including customs bodies, lectures on commercialization of IP items and prevention of production and sale of counterfeit products.
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of Editorial Board of the Magazine “Intellectual Property” of IPR Committee of Ministry of Justice, since 2004
  • Member of Kazakhstan Franchise Association, 2002 – 2006
  • Arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court (Kazakhstan): Intellectual Property Related Cases, since 2002
  • Arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court under The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, since 2010
  • Member of the WTO/TRIPS Assessment Working Group of the Confederation of the Employers of Kazakhstan, 2002
  • Chairman of IP Working Group of the European Business Association of Kazakhstan, 2002
  • Member of the Board of the Patent & Trademark Attorneys Association, Kazakhstan National Group, since 1998
  • Association of Business Lawyers of Kazakhstan, since 2000
  • Baker & McKenzie IP/IT Practice Group: Coordinator for Central Asian Republics of the Former USSR, 1997-1998
  • INTA External Affairs Committee, Eastern Europe/CIS Subcommittee, 1997-1998
  • INTA, AIPLA, AIPPI, LES Turkey, MARQUES
  • Member of Franchising Union of Kazakhstan
Languages
  • English
  • Russian