James & Wells has been acknowledged as a leading New Zealand trade mark firm, being ranked Gold in world-recognised publication, World Trademark Review 1000. Four of its associates received individual recommendations for their expertise in their field. This follows the firm receiving Tier 1 ranking in the Asia IP trademark survey late last year.
World Trademark Review provides independent coverage of global trademark developments and unique and invaluable market analysis. Their annual publication, WTR 1000 identifies the trademark firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice.
The guide says “James & Wells is an unwaveringly independent IP boutique. Besides being one of the highest trademark filers in New Zealand, the team of ‘trustworthy, strategic counsellors’ is ‘good at thinking outside the box’ and offering ‘reliable and top-quality trademark advice’”.
The guide observes that a diverse range of local and global enterprises enjoy ‘efficient, friendly and professional’ service. Client of more than three decades, Gallagher Group, agrees, “The speed of response has always impressed me. They make the whole process of registering new brands very simple and are always willing to talk matters through if further details are required.’”
The strength of James & Wells’ dedicated Asia Team was noted, as well as the collaborative nature of the wider organisation. Staff are said to have “a detailed understanding of our business and the challenges we face” and “provide immense value to us.”
Partners Carrick Robinson and Ceri Wells were recommended for their expertise in prosecution and strategy, with Ceri described as “totally familiar with every aspect of [the industry] and highly aware of how to make the best argument to ensure our trademark applications are successful. He is well connected throughout the world and receives timely replies for questions about other jurisdictions.”
Carrick was recognised for his proficiency in the food and beverage space having “carved a niche in natural products and dairy, assisting top brands such as Yealands”.
Partner, Gus Hazel and Senior Associate, Ben Cain are newcomers to the WTR 1000’s enforcement and litigation table. “Clients and peers alike cannot praise them highly enough”. Gus is “a good, high-profile trademark litigator,” and Ben “has been championing the relationship between us and his firm for over a decade, providing service and advice of the highest standard”.
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