We champion innovation and the people who create it

At James & Wells we pride ourselves on being one of New Zealand’s largest, privately owned, patent and trade mark attorney firms. Our award-winning team is widely recognised as one of the very best in Australasia.

Our independence helps us attract and retain high quality staff and provide superior service to our clients.

As authors of New Zealand’s most comprehensive legal text on intellectual property law, we are the number one authority on New Zealand intellectual property matters.

We provide a full suite of intellectual property (IP) services throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Dedicated as always

We're a dynamic bunch of intellectual property experts - scientists, engineers, accountants, business strategists, lawyers, and commercialisation specialists dedicated to championing innovation, not just in our own back yard, but on a global scale.

What makes us different

Our independence means we always put our clients’ interests first. We never allow business interests to become mixed up with our client’s interests.

Unlike publicly listed IP firms, we are not governed by wider commercial interests or distracted by maximising shareholder value.

We believe that transparency of decision making is paramount for our clients and recognise that conflict of interest situations may arise from overlapping firms in group ownership structures.

Comprehensive IP services

James & Wells offers a range of services for owning and controlling your intellectual property and resolving IP disputes.

We provide cost-effective ways to protect your ideas, inventions, brands, and designs in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. If you’re new to IP read our 'What businesses need to know about IP' article series to help get you started, or visit our resource centre to learn more.

    • Patents
    • Designs
    • Plant Variety Rights
    • Copyright
    • Trade Secrets
    • Trade Marks
    • Domain Names
    • Geographic Indications (GIs)
    • Anti-Counterfeiting
    • Fair Trade
    • Enforcement & Litigation
    • Search & Watching
    • International Filings
    • Licensing & Commercialisation
    • Renewals & Maintenance

Stay informed

Keep up with our quarterly JAWS IP newsletter and stay informed on the latest in intellectual property news, law updates, events and informative articles.

Doing business in Asia

There’s no doubt Asia is a rapidly growing force in the global economy.

Our Asian specialist team can provide the following services:

  • Intellectual property protection specific to the greater China region
  • Intellectual property strategy specific to the greater China region
  • Chinese brand creation / strategy
  • Commercial negotiations, contracts, agreements and strategies
  • Commercialisation of inventions
  • Contacts for supplier / manufacturer
  • Investment / funding contacts