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Boosting Kazakhstan's National Intellectual Property System for Innovation

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National intellectual property (IP) systems can play a pivotal role in fostering innovation and knowledge diffusion. This report analyses Kazakhstan’s IP system with regards to its support of the country’s innovation performance. In particular, it assesses the organisation and governance of Kazakhstan's IP system as well as the needs and challenges faced by different groups of actual and potential IP users – ranging from universities and public research institutions to state-owned enterprises and small businesses. The review provides a comprehensive set of statistics describing the use of IP in Kazakhstan in recent years, identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses, and presents a range of specific policy recommendations to address existing challenges.

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Executive summary

Kazakhstan has been among the fastest growing economies in the world since the early 2000s thanks to the exploitation of its oil reserves and mineral resources. However, the country’s over-reliance on extractive industries has become a growing policy concern. Promoting innovation has emerged as a key policy priority, as part of the national strategy to foster economic diversification and competitiveness. Improving Kazakhstan’s national intellectual property (IP) system can contribute to this agenda.

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