Uzbekistan Introduces New Administrative Fines for IP Rights Infringement
Uzbekistan recently adopted a new law introducing amendments to the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Code on Administrative Responsibility, which introduces fines for the infringement of copyright and related rights, patents, utility models, industrial designs and company names, and doubles the existing fines for trademark infringement. The law was published on May 3, 2019 and will enter into force on August 1, 2019.
The fines are different for persons acting on behalf of legal entities (legal representatives) and persons not acting on behalf of legal entities (natural persons). They are also different for first offenses and for offenses repeated within a year from the first fine being paid.
The fines effective from August 1, 2019 are the following:
|First Offense||Repeated Offense|
|Infringement of:||Natural Persons||Legal Representatives||Natural Persons||Legal Representatives|
|Trademarks, Service marks, Appellations of origin, Company Names||EUR 105-210 (USD 120-240)||EUR 210-420 (USD 240-480)||EUR 210-420 (USD 240-480)||EUR 420-630 (USD 480-720)|
|Copyright and related rights||EUR 21-105 (USD 24-120)||EUR 105-210 (USD 120-240)||EUR 105-210 (USD 120-240)||EUR 210-420 (USD 240-480)|
|Patents, Utility Models, Industrial Designs||EUR 105-210 (USD 120-240)||EUR 210-420 (USD 240-480)||EUR 210-420 (USD 240-480)||EUR 420-630 (USD 480-720)|
The new law has not yet appointed an official state body responsible for initiating administrative cases against infringers, but it is expected that it will be appointed by the time the law enters into force on August 1, 2019.
By: Djakhangir Aripov and Gulandom Haydarova
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