Our experts have diverse backgrounds in science and technology and are able to capture opportunities beyond the immediate invention.
We act for many Kiwi exporters, are familiar with international patent and trade mark law, and have established a significant network of associates around the globe. This means we draft specifications to international standards and develop filing strategies tailored to your business needs.
Let’s face it, we’re geeks with the tools of local and international law and business.
But that’s just the start of the conversation. Who else is in your space? How can you expand into other markets? The right conversations at the right times can make a big difference to the speed and scale of your success. Whether you’re looking to grow or leverage your knowledge, technology, design or brand - you’ve come to the right place.
Protect your rights to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing your invention or design without your consent.
A registered design protects the shape or appearance of a product and is used to deter others from copying it.
Protecting the rights granted to the breeder of a new variety of plant, giving the breeder exclusive control over the propagating and harvested material.
Protect your original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.
Protect your formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others by which your business can obtain an economic advantage.
Distinguish your goods or services by using a trade mark. Your trade mark could include words, logos, shapes, colours, sounds, smells or any combination.
A domain name is a unique address that people use to find you on the internet, whether for websites or for email. Most companies register a domain using their company name, or an abbreviation of it.
GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. GIs help “brand” a product and differentiate it from other products, assuring consumers that the product is authentic and has specific characteristics due to its origin.
We specialise in anti-counterfeiting advice, strategy and prompt action, including issuing cease and desist letters and issuing infringement proceedings.
Legislation of intellectual property rights are primarily enforced under the Fair Trading Act (FTA). The FTA applies to conduct "in trade" and endeavours to promote fair competition and protect consumers by prohibiting businesses from making misrepresentations to consumers about your goods and services.
When IP rights are infringed, rights holders can take action against infringing conducts and enforce their rights.
Our commercial experts help take your portfolio of IP assets and create economic benefits through portfolio management, integration of IP into business strategy and maximizing the value of your IP.
Our dedicated International Filing Desk (IFD) is available to assist overseas clients and associates with filing their international patent or trademark applications in New Zealand, Australia and across the Pacific Islands.
Trust our IP renewals specialists to manage your portfolio with care. To maintain your IP you'll need to renew your registration by the due date. We make sure you stay completely up-to-date with the relevant legislative developments.
James & Wells has New Zealand’s largest and most successful IP Litigation Team. Our team consists of specialist lawyers and patent attorneys who deal with IP disputes, litigation, opposition and revocation matters. Offering specialist advice relating to patents, registered designs, copyright, trade marks, unfair trade and competition, and anti-monopoly and regulatory compliance.
We have extensive experience in both mediation and arbitration, and are supported by “in-house” representation before all levels of the New Zealand and Australian Courts.
James & Wells has acted in three of the first six decisions under the new ‘Raising the Bar’ amendments to the Patents Act in Australia, and currently acts in more New Zealand patent oppositions than any other firm.
With quality Intellectual Property market intelligence we can help you with:
This intel will set you up to make the right moves at the right times, in the right direction.
How better to meet these goals than dedicating a team to the cause. With the teams patent, trade mark, design, business in Asia, commercial, business strategy and commercialisation know-how, we have the expertise and credentials to leverage your place in the market.
So what can we do for you?
As part of our health claims advisory service, we can:
After all, 80% of the value of a business is in its intangible assets – our job is to help you make the most of that.
Intellectual property issues can drive most strategic considerations in an organisation. That’s why we align an intellectual property strategy with your business strategy. Our Team has diverse business and scientific backgrounds enabling them to create and implement strategies that realise the true value of their ideas.
New Zealand has a strong ecosystem of investment and IP funding providers. A range of intellectual property funding is offered by the New Zealand government, who recognises that the country’s future economic growth is dependent on a thriving innovation ecosystem and the creation of world-class businesses built on solid intellectual property assets.
If you need assistance to determine which funding or investment options may be best suited to your requirements, or would like a personal introduction, contact us.
For more information, click to download our info-sheet on intellectual property funding options.