Zhanat Nurmagambetov

Partner, Member of the Chamber of legal advisers

Zhanat is a Partner at Bolotov & Partners. His expertise includes IP rights enforcement. In particular, he is engaged in issues related to application of pretrial, civil, administrative, criminal and customs measures of trademark rights protection, including issues related to parallel import and import of counterfeited goods. He closely cooperates with the state enforcement agencies, participates in resolving of domain name disputes and provides consulting on competition issues. Zhanat regularly speaks at the local and international seminars and conferences.

Main Publications

  • Checklist for importers – trademarks, January 2024
  • Distribution of counterfeited goods in Kazakhstan, April 2022
  • The legalization of parallel imports in Russia. A view from Kazakhstan, April 2022
  • “Legal nature of a trademark as a means of individualization in Kazakhstan” (Bulletin of the Eurasian National University named after L. Gumilyov, Legal Series, No. 2(139)/2022), August, 2022
  • Overview of trademark protection in the countries of Central Asia, October 2021
  • Kazakhstan gov’t plans to develop creative sector, May 2021
  • Customs protection of trademarks in Mongolia, April 2021
  • Procedure for IP inclusion in Kazakhstan’s Customs Register simplified, February 2021
  • Intellectual property protection in the period of COVID-19 pandemia, May 2020
  • Strengthening protection of trademarks in Kazakhstan, July 2019
  • New Customs Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, April 2018
  • Protection of trademarks using customs measures, December 2015
  • "On Protection of Trademarks by Customs Measures" (in co-authorship with Y. Bolotov, M. Rudik) - April, 2012
  • "Domain Names Regulations in Kazakhstan " - www.country-index.com, October, 2011


  • Certificate of Completion "Franchise Basics - Introduction to Franchising"
  • Certificate from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on completion of the distance learning course: " Fundamentals of Intellectual Property", 2013, WIPO Academy


  • Eurasian University named after L.N.Gumilyov, Faculty of Law, PhD student, n.v.
  • Kazakh Humanitarian Law Innovation University, Faculty of Economics, Economist, 2012
  • University of Dundee, Law School, LLM in International Commercial Law, 2009
  • Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, faculty of International Relations, BA in International Law, with distinction, 2007

Professional affiliations

  • Chamber of the legal advisers

Zhanat is a regular speaker at various international seminars and conferences, and is also a lecturer at the Academy of Justice under the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Practices & Industries

  • Intellectual property issues
  • Protection of intellectual property rights
  • Civil, administrative and criminal court proceedings
  • Licensing and assignment of rights to intellectual property
  • Domain name disputes
  • Actions against unfair competition and monopolist activity

Previous Experience

  • Corporate, Commercial and IP Lawyer, SIGNUM Law Firm LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2007-2010


  • English
  • French
  • Kazakh
  • Russian

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
  • 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
  • Member of Franchising Union of Kazakhstan
  • English
  • Russian