Champions of innovation unite

James & Wells, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned intellectual property practice, and one of Australasia’s leading independent patent and trade mark firms, is expanding its presence in Australia with the acquisition of Brisbane based Innofy IP. Innofy is a perfect match for James & Wells. Both firms are aligned in their commitment to being a client focussed independent IP firm, privately owned by patent attorneys.


  • Looming changes to official fees for New Zealand patent matters

    The New Zealand Patents Amendment Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”) were recently signed into force and will have effect from 13 February 2020. The 2019 Regulations introduce a raft of changes to the official fees for the patent process in New Zealand, affecting examination, annuity...Read more

  • Time to steady the IP ship

    There seems little doubt that the New Zealand economy is heading for stormy seas. So, what, as a business owner, can you do – and should you do – to steady your IP ship for the choppy seas ahead?Read more

  • New Zealand Food Awards winners announced

    Congratulations to all the winners at last nights' New Zealand Food Awards, particularly The Pure Food Co who won the James & Wells Business Innovation Award and the Massey University Supreme Award.Read more

  • Artificial Authorship in New Zealand: is the law equipped?

    Copyright protects the expression of a person’s ideas. But if a person did not make those choices and instead they were AI-generated, who owns copyright?Read more

  • Seeing red over the All Blacks

    Businesses wanting to promote their services and products by hitching their wagon to popular brands such as the All Blacks and the Rugby World Cup, risk - like many of the players - being red or yellow carded.Read more

  • New Tauranga office for James & Wells

    After substantial growth in the last year, intellectual property (IP) firm James & Wells has moved to a new CBD office in Grey Street.Read more

  • IPONZ fee changes

    The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has announced changes to its official fees which will come into force on 13 February 2020. Read more.Read more

  • The patent attorney profession in Australasia – a journey into the Twilight Zone

    August 15, 2019 saw the merger of two of Australia’s three listed IP firm holding companies – with IPH acquiring Xenith in its entirety - and consequently, an uncertain future for the remaining IP holding company, QANTM.  Clients, already starved of choice, will find themselves with even less choice and increased conflict of interest risks in this new landscape.Read more

  • James & Wells moves back to the CBD

    After seven years in Riccarton following the 2011 earthquake, James & Wells intellectual property law firm has relocated to central Christchurch with a new office on High Street.Read more

  • Can Allbirds fight Amazon’s copycat shoes? Expert’s verdict

    The NZ Herald sought expert opinion from Senior Associate, Sebastien Aymeric, on a potential US trade dress infringement of Allbirds shoes by Amazon. Read more

  • Innovating across the oceans

    While New Zealand innovators historically have been less than impressive at leveraging their innovation to generate profit from international markets, Oceanfit Limited is seizing the opportunity.Read more

  • An eye for detail pays off

    Sometimes the most genius of ideas are born from looking at a problem through a different lens. Brothers Frank and Paul Austin can certainly attest to that. They invented ZYclip, a screw-less eyeglass frame design that revolutionises the way Eyewear frames can be built.Read more

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