Priority Deadline: For filing of a Utility Model Application in Kazakhstan with claiming priority, the application would have to be filed within twelve (12) months from the priority date. A certified copy of the priority application should be filed with the KzPTO within six (6) months following the application filing date.

Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a Utility Model in Kazakhstan is twelve (12) months after the disclosure of the Utility Model and before application filing.

Representation: A foreign client must be represented at the Kazakhstan Patent office by a registered Kazakhstan Patent Attorney.

Translation: Application materials should be translated and filed in the Russian language.

Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Utility Model Applications in Kazakhstan includes a formal examination within two (2) to three (3) months after filing, for the crosschecking of required documentation. In the case of accurate documentation, the decision to grant the patent will be issued under the responsibility of the applicant.

Substantive Examination: There is no substantive application for Utility Model Applications in Kazakhstan.

Office Action: In case of Office Action, our Kazakh Patent Attorney will carefully review the Office Action to provide a Legal Opinion and discuss with the Applicant or Applicant Representative, the options available in overcoming said Office Action.

Duration: The procedure for registration usually takes twelve (12) months in case of smooth registration.

Maintenance: Maintenance fees are required to be paid annually with annuity for the following year being made in the current year of validity. A failure to pay maintenance fees can result in the cancellation of the patent.

Fees: The grant is issued after payment of the relevant issuance and annuity fees. The term for payment is three (3) months after the issue of the decision.

Validity: In Kazakhstan a Utility Model is valid for five (5) years from the date of filing, extendable by three (3) years.

Required documents for Filing a Utility Model Application in Kazakhstan:

  • Applicant’s information (name and address);
  • Inventor’s information (name and address);
  • Description, claims, abstract and drawings, disclosing the utility model;
  • Original of the POA signed by applicant(s). Notarization or Legalization is not required.