Intellectual Property

Leveraging intellectual capital to create a business edge is a key driver for businesses globally.

Our practice advises a wide range of national and global clients from SMEs to large multinational companies across various industries on day-to-day and strategic IP issues. Chris Young who heads our practice is repeatedly recommended in leading legal directories for a strategic and commercial approach to IP over a wide range of areas. Chris also has extensive involvement with the International Trademark Association (INTA) including appointments to a range of INTA’s committees and he has extensive international networks.  We provide strategic advice for brand and trade mark development and protection and full trade mark portfolio registration and management services for many local and international businesses.

Our full service practice can give you practical advice on your IP throughout its lifecycle. We’ll advise you on the creation, acquisition, licensing and franchising, commercialisation, protection, dispute resolution and enforcement of your rights and we have extensive experience in the IP aspects of corporate transactions. We work closely with other specialists in our firm providing you with comprehensive help on corporate structuring, capital raising, taxation, human resources, securitisation, transactions, compliance, dispute resolution and litigation. We have extensive experience with the Fair Trading Act, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, passing off, trade mark oppositions, dispute resolution and litigation.

We also advise on film and television production acting for a range of major studios and on regulatory work in the pharmaceutical and other medical sectors.

"They consistently provide sound legal advice, while taking the commercial environment in which our particular business operates into account." Chambers Asia Pacific

Our intellectual property team has been awarded

  • Ranked as a leading IP firm for New Zealand, Asia IP Profiles 2018
  • Trademarks Law Firm of the Year awarded to Christopher Young - New Zealand - Corporate USA Today 2017
  • Client Choice Award, New Zealand - Christopher Young exclusive winner for Intellectual Property - International Law Office 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • New Zealand Trademarks Law Firm of the Year awarded to Christopher Young - Acquisition International's Legal Awards 2014
  • Trademarks Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand awarded to Christopher Young - Global Law Experts Practice Area Awards 2014
  • Trademarks Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand awarded to Christopher Young - Corporate International Magazine Global Award 2014

Who can help

Chris Young

Partner - Intellectual Property

Chris heads the intellectual property team and brings significant expertise to his widely recognised IP practice. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation.  He is repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer in leading legal directories including Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Managing IP and WIPR for a strategic and commercial approach to IP over a wide range of areas.

He advises clients in a broad range of industries including FMCG, fashion/apparel, publishing, food and beverage, liquor, advertising and marketing, retail, TMT, aviation, automotive, banking and financial services, entertainment, agriculture/horticulture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy.

With over 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of his practice.  Chris brings his extensive commercial  IP expertise to advise and develop IP strategy for a wide range of corporate transactions including M & A,  joint ventures, licensing and other collaborations, as well as the impact on taking security over IP.

He also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios both nationally and internationally including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands and counterfeits strategies, coupled with extensive experience with the Fair Trading Act, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, passing off and trade mark oppositions.  Chris’ expertise in IP dispute resolution and strategy sees him co-ordinate litigation strategy and provide strategic and technical advice to clients and supporting our litigation legal teams.

He also advises on film and television production acting for a range of major US studios. He advises on regulatory work in the pharmaceutical and other medical sectors.

Chris has extensive international networks including through the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Bar Association. He has been actively involved with INTA for many years and has been appointed to a range of INTA’s committees, including, having previously chaired INTA’s East Asia Pacific Famous Marks subcommittee and he is currently appointed to INTA’s Internet Committee, the Parallel Imports Committee and the Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council.

Chris Young

Partner


Intellectual Property
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9910
M: +64 21 342 837
Email

Richard Wells

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Richard is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in technology, media and telecommunications law, intellectual property, commercial contracting and sport.

He advises clients on issues arising at all stages in the product lifecycle and is an expert legal draftsperson and troubleshooter.  Richard is sought after to help establish new ventures and to commercialise new technology both in New Zealand and overseas.

As well as his technology practice, with a background in commercial and IP law, Richard is recognised as a leading Sports and Events lawyer ranked as Band 1 by international research directory Chambers Asia Pacific. He has broad experience working with event hosts, sponsors and stakeholders to deal with issues arising in relation to major events in New Zealand.

Richard Wells

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9908
M: +64 21 244 0238
Email

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