Practice Area

IP and Technology

IP and Technology

We offer our clients a comprehensive range of legal services related to Intellectual Property (‘IP’) and Technology issues. Our role is to assist our clients in using their intellectual property and technology to the limit in Kazakhstan by means of protection and observance of regulatory requirements.

Service includes the following directions
  • Patents and Trademarks
  • Due Diligence
  • IP Rights and Technology Transfer
  • IP Litigation
  • Financial Technologies
  • E-Commerce
  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity
Signum Law Firm’s team focuses on project and debt financing deals. Liza Zhumakhmetova is noted.
Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
Signum Law Firm handles corporate and M&A matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Liza Zhumakhmetova and Abylkhair Nakipov are the key names.
Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
Signum Law Firm is experienced in commercial, employment, tax and administrative disputes. Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is a key name for commercial disputes, while Talgat Sariev handles labour and employment issues.
Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
Signum Law Firm focuses on transactional and contentious issues. Practice head Sofiya Zhylkaidarova has expertise in M&A and subsoil-use contracts.
Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
“The firm has strong expertise and practice in subsoil use, including in relation to stabilised subsoil use contracts and production sharing agreements. Among their strengths I would also highlight their dispute resolution and litigation practice in civil and administrative cases. The firm has represented us in many and various disputes and litigations, and always demonstrated diligence and proficiency in the subject matter.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Good, responsive, excellent English communications both verbal and written. Good understanding of Western practice.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Excellent work both in analysis and execution. Dedicated and trustable professionals.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Excellent professionals, with wide local and international experience, high standards, focused on results and performance.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Strengths: Tailor made approach from assisting lawyer, accuracy to details, client oriented approach.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“All work is done in the time agreed and follows high standards. The staff of SIGNUM are always available to provide the necessary explanations and feedback. Having three years of experience with SIGNUM, I can’t identify any weakness in their services.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“The SIGNUM team are responsive and helpful. SIGNUM is my go-to law firm in Kazakhstan: commercial and efficient while being legally correct. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova, Liza Zhumakhmetova and Gaukhar Kudaibergenova are all especially strong.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Professional all round corporate law firm covering most aspects of corporate law but with very strong knowledge of oil and gas sector sub soil use law.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
“Professional and client oriented approach at all levels of management.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
Талгат Сарыев имеет опыт в представлении клиентов в спорах с государственными органами, включая таможенные дела. Он хорошо разбирается в вопросах налогообложения, а также представляет интересы клиентов в коммерческих спорах. Источники ссылаются на его надежный и стратегический подход к решению проблем: «Он выдвигает хорошо сформулированные и обоснованные аргументы».
Chambers & Partners, Global 2018
На юридическом рынке София Жылкайдарова известна за «практические советы». В основном она консультирует клиентов по налоговым и регуляторным вопросам в сфере нефти и газа. Коллеги на юридическом рынке считают ее опыт «очень впечатляющим» в этой сфере, говоря: «Она действительно является экспертом, очень хороший специалист».
Chambers & Partners, Global 2018


Patents and Trademarks
  • Advising Kazakhstan paper-converting company on trademark registration;
  • Registering the trademark of local oil and gas company prior to its IPO;
  • Providing consultations and registering trademarks and patents;
  • Advising a foreign investor on IP-related issues arising out of implementation of a public-private partnership project.
IP Rights and Technology Transfer
  • Drafting and reviewing licensing agreements;
  • Preparing legal memorandums on Kazakhstan law requirements with respect to licensing and franchising agreements;
  • Legal analysis of different types of contracts including license agreement, lease agreement, pharmaceutical products distribution agreement, shareholders’ agreement for consistency with Kazakhstan laws for a large pharmaceuticals company.
Due Diligence
  • Legal review of the brand of a large supermarket chain for the purpose of its acquisition by a Russian holding company.
Financial Technologies
  • Tax and legal structuring of a local loyalty program operator, as well as drafting public offer and contracts with partners of the loyalty program;
  • Tax consulting for a Kazakhstan subsidiary of an international provider of short-term loans.
  • Advising a major internet services provider on Kazakhstan law matters in relation to internet advertisement, antimonopoly and tax issues;
  • Preparing legal opinion on regulation of contextual advertising for a multinational IT company.
Data Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Preparing legal opinion on personal data use for a multinational pharmaceutical company;
  • Preparing legal opinion on personal data protection for a transnational company engaged in authentication, identification and tracking businesses;
  • Developing full set of internal documents on personal data processing and protection for a leasing company – a member of global specialized machinery producing company;
  • Advising international leasing company on personal data processing and protection and development of IT decisions;
  • Preparation of legal opinion on personal data processing by employers;
  • Consulting an international pharmaceutical company on personal data protection;
  • Preparation of legal opinion for a large pharmaceuticals company on legality of maintaining personal data of doctors and pharmacists on the company’s data carriers;
  • Drafting internal data protection documents for an international pharmaceutical company, including Regulation on Personal Data Protection, Regulation on Relationship with Medical and Pharmaceutical Specialists.

Specialists in the field

Ulan Stybayev

Ulan has experience in corporate law and corporate investigations.

Practice areas:
  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Aquisitions
  • Corporate Investigations
  • IP and Technology
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