Uzbekistan has recently adopted amendments to its competition law which will enter into force on October 4, 2023. While the amendments are aimed at reducing anti-competitive and unfair practices, provisions related to the protection of IP rights have been entirely excluded.
Removal Of IP Provisions
The previous version of the law included the provisions which prohibited:
- Sale of goods with with illegally used IP rights including the illegal use of a designation identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or trade name by placing it on goods, labels or packaging, or otherwise using it in relation to goods that are sold or put into circulation, as well as by using it in a domain name;
- Misleading consumers with products that resemble the original products of other companies by imitating their design, shape, names, labels, packaging, colors, trademarks, promotional materials or other elements;
- Registration of IP rights in bad faith. Read more