Uzbekistan - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2020-10-14

Uzbekistan remains on the Watch List in U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property protection in 2020. USTR’s report on Uzbekistan (p.69.) is as follows:

“Uzbekistan remains on the Watch List in 2020. Uzbekistan took important steps recently to address long-standing issues pertaining to intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement. In particular, accession to the Geneva Phonograms Convention and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties represents progress toward improving the copyright regime in Uzbekistan. The United States also recognizes the increased high-level political attention to IP, including Uzbekistan’s support for and participation in the Central Asia IP Working Group. In addition, the United States notes the progress toward developing a new national strategy for IP. The United States encourages Uzbekistan to continue improving its copyright statutory framework, including through providing adequate protection for foreign sound recordings and implementing the WIPO Internet Treaties. Also, Uzbekistan needs to make progress to address other concerns raised in previous Special 301 Reports, including with regard to ex officio authority for enhanced border enforcement, allocating resources to administrative and enforcement IP agencies, and mandating government use of licensed software via presidential decree, law, or regulation”.

 In any foreign market, companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property. For background, link to this article on Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov for more resources.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has positioned IP attachés in key markets around the world.  The contact e-mail address of IP attaché covering Uzbekistan is dorian.mazurkevich@trade.gov.