Uzbekistan - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

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

Last published date: 2021-10-10

Uzbekistan remains on the Watch List in U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property protection in 2021. USTR’s report on Uzbekistan (p.83.) is as follows:

“Uzbekistan remains on the Watch List in 2021. In recent years, Uzbekistan has taken important steps to address long-standing issues pertaining to intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement. In particular, accession to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties represents progress toward improving the copyright regime in Uzbekistan. The United States also recognizes the continued high-level political attention to IP, including Uzbekistan’s support for and participation in the Intellectual Property Working Group under the United States-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the recent tasking of the Intellectual Property Agency to develop a three-year plan to improve the IP system. In addition, the United States notes more 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 IP protection and enforcement 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 our article on Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov or contact ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights Director, Stevan Mitchell at Stevan.Mitchell@trade.gov.

 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.