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We are a passionate bunch to work alongside. Our team of intellectual property experts include 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.

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  • Emily Agnew

    Head of Client Service and Business Development
    Emily heads up the James & Wells Marketing and Business Development team and is responsible for the development and implementation of the firms Marketing and Business Development Strategy.

    Emily heads up the James & Wells Marketing and Business Development team and is responsible for the development and implementation of the firms Marketing and Business Development Strategy.

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  • Sebastien Aymeric

    Senior Associate
    Sébastien is a member of the Litigation and Commercial Law teams, based in the Auckland Office. His expertise is in copyright, trademarks, patents, confidential information and contract disputes.

    Sébastien is a member of the Litigation and Commercial Law teams, based in the Auckland Office. His expertise is in copyright, trademarks, patents, confidential information and contract disputes.

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  • Tonia Brugh

    Senior Associate
    Tonia is a member of the Hamilton Trade Marks team. Her practice includes all aspects of branding and trade marks, including brand availability searching, portfolio management, prosecution and enforcement.

    Tonia is a member of the Hamilton Trade Marks team. Her practice includes all aspects of branding and trade marks, including brand availability searching, portfolio management, prosecution and enforcement.

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  • Nirupama Buddha

    Patent Executive
    Nirupama’s work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications, patent search and patent landscaping.

    Nirupama’s work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications, patent search and patent landscaping.

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  • Ben Cain

    Senior Associate
    Ben specialises in resolving disputes concerning registered or common law trade mark rights, domain names, copyright rights, registered designs, fair trading issues and confidential information.

    Ben specialises in resolving disputes concerning registered or common law trade mark rights, domain names, copyright rights, registered designs, fair trading issues and confidential information.

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  • Edward Chen

    Solicitor
    Edward is proficient in Mandarin and English and puts his bi-lingual skills to good use advising New Zealand clients on trade mark issues in China and Taiwan, and advising Chinese clients on Australasian trade mark and legal issues.

    Edward is proficient in Mandarin and English and puts his bi-lingual skills to good use advising New Zealand clients on trade mark issues in China and Taiwan, and advising Chinese clients on Australasian trade mark and legal issues.

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  • Johnathan Chen

    Consultant
    Johnathan has assisted many businesses from Asia to devise and implement appropriate intellectual property protection strategies for patent and trade mark rights throughout Australasia and the Pacific.

    Johnathan has assisted many businesses from Asia to devise and implement appropriate intellectual property protection strategies for patent and trade mark rights throughout Australasia and the Pacific.

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  • Jenny Chien

    Patent Executive
    Jenny Chien is a Patents Executive based in Auckland. Jenny is proficient in Mandarin and English. Jenny’s work focuses on assisting the team with patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications, patent searching and patent landscaping.

    Jenny Chien is a Patents Executive based in Auckland. Jenny is proficient in Mandarin and English. Jenny’s work focuses on assisting the team with patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications, patent searching and patent landscaping.

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  • Dr Andrew Clarke

    Head of Biotechnology, Australia
    Dr Andrew Clarke heads James & Wells’ biotechnology team in Australia. Andrew has an impressive track record of managing IP portfolios for universities, large research organisations, ASX-listed companies, and start-ups.

    Dr Andrew Clarke heads James & Wells’ biotechnology team in Australia. Andrew has an impressive track record of managing IP portfolios for universities, large research organisations, ASX-listed companies, and start-ups.

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  • Richard Clement

    Senior Associate
    Richard is one of James & Wells’ mechanical engineering experts. Based in the Auckland Patents Team, his expertise includes the medical device, agri-tech, mechanical, and mechatronic industries.

    Richard is one of James & Wells’ mechanical engineering experts. Based in the Auckland Patents Team, his expertise includes the medical device, agri-tech, mechanical, and mechatronic industries.

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  • Roxana Cvasniuc

    Law Clerk
    Roxana is a Law Clerk in the Auckland Trade Marks team and expects to be admitted to the bar in early 2020. Roxana works closely with senior staff to research, file trade marks and advise local and international clients.

    Roxana is a Law Clerk in the Auckland Trade Marks team and expects to be admitted to the bar in early 2020. Roxana works closely with senior staff to research, file trade marks and advise local and international clients.

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  • Kavinna Dhepyasuwan

    Solicitor
    Kavinna advises clients on all aspects of Intellectual Property, including the availability, protection and maintenance of their brands in New Zealand and overseas.

    Kavinna advises clients on all aspects of Intellectual Property, including the availability, protection and maintenance of their brands in New Zealand and overseas.

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  • Jason Drew

    Patent Executive
    Jason is a Patent Executive specialising in mechanical and software patents. He has several years experience working as a registered South African patent attorney and was an Admitted Attorney in the High Court of South Africa.

    Jason is a Patent Executive specialising in mechanical and software patents. He has several years experience working as a registered South African patent attorney and was an Admitted Attorney in the High Court of South Africa.

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  • Gina Fell

    Patent Executive
    Gina is a Patent Executive in our Hamilton team. Her background in optometry and ophthalmology contribute to her knowledge of medical and health technology. She is involved with patent searching, drafting and prosecution.

    Gina is a Patent Executive in our Hamilton team. Her background in optometry and ophthalmology contribute to her knowledge of medical and health technology. She is involved with patent searching, drafting and prosecution.

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  • Hazell Fernandez

    Patent Executive
    Hazell works in the Auckland Patents Team advising on a range of mechanical and electrical technologies, particularly medical technology. Her work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications and patent research.

    Hazell works in the Auckland Patents Team advising on a range of mechanical and electrical technologies, particularly medical technology. Her work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications and patent research.

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  • Ian Finch

    Partner
    Ian is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential leaders in intellectual property. He heads the James & Wells Litigation team and acts for many local and multi-national companies, helping them to obtain and enforce their intellectual proper

    Ian is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential leaders in intellectual property. He heads the James & Wells Litigation team and acts for many local and multi-national companies, helping them to obtain and enforce their intellectual proper

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  • Barbara Finn

    Technical Advisor
    Having studied a host of languages - German, Japanese, Spanish and Latin (not to mention various computer systems and languages) - Barbara is the go-to expert when it comes to IP investigation.

    Having studied a host of languages - German, Japanese, Spanish and Latin (not to mention various computer systems and languages) - Barbara is the go-to expert when it comes to IP investigation.

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  • Joseph Garven

    Associate
    Joseph drafts patent specifications and manages patent applications with a particular focus on mechanical engineering, electronics and software-related technology.

    Joseph drafts patent specifications and manages patent applications with a particular focus on mechanical engineering, electronics and software-related technology.

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  • Stephanie Hadley

    Associate
    Stephanie is one of our Food Standards advisory experts. Her specialties include educating the food and beverage sector on how to strategically capture the commercial value from their IP and export their brands across the globe.

    Stephanie is one of our Food Standards advisory experts. Her specialties include educating the food and beverage sector on how to strategically capture the commercial value from their IP and export their brands across the globe.

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  • Shaun Hagerty

    Solicitor
    Shaun specialises in advising clients from a wide range of industries regarding the availability, protection and maintenance of their brands in New Zealand and overseas. He is bilingual in Chinese and English, and also speaks a little Korean.

    Shaun specialises in advising clients from a wide range of industries regarding the availability, protection and maintenance of their brands in New Zealand and overseas. He is bilingual in Chinese and English, and also speaks a little Korean.

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  • Adrian Hart

    Corporate Services Manager
  • Gus Hazel

    Partner
    Gus Hazel leads our Auckland legal team. He has plenty of experience when it comes to litigation, including alternative resolution procedures, commercialisation, regulatory issues and administrative law.

    Gus Hazel leads our Auckland legal team. He has plenty of experience when it comes to litigation, including alternative resolution procedures, commercialisation, regulatory issues and administrative law.

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  • George Jackson

    Solicitor
    George works in the Tauranga litigation team. His practice includes dispute and enforcement of a range of intellectual property rights, but with a particular focus on trade mark and Fair Trading Act 1986 matters.

    George works in the Tauranga litigation team. His practice includes dispute and enforcement of a range of intellectual property rights, but with a particular focus on trade mark and Fair Trading Act 1986 matters.

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  • Andrew Knowles

    Of Counsel
    Andrew heads up the James & Wells Tauranga team. His current practice includes working with clients on trade marks, copyright, design and patents.

    Andrew heads up the James & Wells Tauranga team. His current practice includes working with clients on trade marks, copyright, design and patents.

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  • Chloe Li

    Personal Assistant
    Chloe is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and liaises with our Chinese speaking clients to establish their needs. She manages client relationships and assists with the Asia Division’s business development strategy.

    Chloe is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and liaises with our Chinese speaking clients to establish their needs. She manages client relationships and assists with the Asia Division’s business development strategy.

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  • Jonathan Lucas

    Partner
    Jonathan heads our Auckland and Hamilton Patents Teams. He specialises in drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications, handling patent oppositions, providing opinions and supporting patent litigation.

    Jonathan heads our Auckland and Hamilton Patents Teams. He specialises in drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications, handling patent oppositions, providing opinions and supporting patent litigation.

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  • David Macaskill

    Senior Associate
    David advises businesses on intellectual property protection strategies and manages the process of securing and enforcing rights. Key aspects of his practice are strategy advice and portfolio management.

    David advises businesses on intellectual property protection strategies and manages the process of securing and enforcing rights. Key aspects of his practice are strategy advice and portfolio management.

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  • Alexia Mayer

    Senior Associate
    Alexia is an experienced IP litigator based in Christchurch. Her practice includes patent infringement, patent oppositions, trade mark infringement, copyright infringement, breach of confidence, and misleading and deceptive conduct.

    Alexia is an experienced IP litigator based in Christchurch. Her practice includes patent infringement, patent oppositions, trade mark infringement, copyright infringement, breach of confidence, and misleading and deceptive conduct.

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  • Ye Miao

    Head of Asia Team
    Ye works with clients, advisors and other counsel across a number of jurisdictions (including Asia, Europe and the Americas) to undertake cross-border transactions and business activities.

    Ye works with clients, advisors and other counsel across a number of jurisdictions (including Asia, Europe and the Americas) to undertake cross-border transactions and business activities.

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  • Jared Millar

    Senior Associate
    Jared works with a wide variety of clients in numerous industries including animal health and husbandry products, automated dairy technologies, building and construction technologies, fluid applicators, power generation, and vehicle suspensions.

    Jared works with a wide variety of clients in numerous industries including animal health and husbandry products, automated dairy technologies, building and construction technologies, fluid applicators, power generation, and vehicle suspensions.

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  • Sarah Moran

    Financial Controller
    Sarah oversees the functions of the finance team as well as working on related projects. She enjoys bringing collaboration between the financial services, HR, professional and support staff, and clients of James & Wells.

    Sarah oversees the functions of the finance team as well as working on related projects. She enjoys bringing collaboration between the financial services, HR, professional and support staff, and clients of James & Wells.

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  • Tizio Panara

    Information & Data Systems Manager
    Tizio works closely with professional staff and department heads to manage business knowledge and define strategy, principles, vision and standards for data management and information systems within the firm.

    Tizio works closely with professional staff and department heads to manage business knowledge and define strategy, principles, vision and standards for data management and information systems within the firm.

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  • Samuel Parkinson

    Patent Attorney
    Samuel works in the Hamilton Patents Team. He is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney with expertise in electronic, software and mechanical inventions.

    Samuel works in the Hamilton Patents Team. He is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney with expertise in electronic, software and mechanical inventions.

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  • Rebecca Pennell

    HR Manager
    Rebecca looks after all things HR, from recruitment, induction and training to performance and employment relations.

    Rebecca looks after all things HR, from recruitment, induction and training to performance and employment relations.

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  • Carrick Robinson

    Partner
    Carrick heads our Auckland Trade Marks team. He specialises in all areas of trade mark law covering natural products, pharmaceutical, personal care, food, beverage and dairy industries.

    Carrick heads our Auckland Trade Marks team. He specialises in all areas of trade mark law covering natural products, pharmaceutical, personal care, food, beverage and dairy industries.

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  • Jason Rogers

    Partner
    Jason focuses on high-end intellectual property strategies for patent, design and copyright rights. He specialises in patent drafting and prosecution, intellectual property due diligence, infringement advice, and commercialisation.

    Jason focuses on high-end intellectual property strategies for patent, design and copyright rights. He specialises in patent drafting and prosecution, intellectual property due diligence, infringement advice, and commercialisation.

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  • Craig Rothwell

    Senior Associate
    Craig works in our Auckland Patents Team. He combines his extensive engineering experience with his knowledge of patent law to help his clients maximise the value of their intellectual property.

    Craig works in our Auckland Patents Team. He combines his extensive engineering experience with his knowledge of patent law to help his clients maximise the value of their intellectual property.

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  • James Rowland

    Solicitor
    James works in our Hamilton Litigation team. His practice includes enforcement and dispute resolution across a range of intellectual property rights, but with an emphasis on patent issues.

    James works in our Hamilton Litigation team. His practice includes enforcement and dispute resolution across a range of intellectual property rights, but with an emphasis on patent issues.

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  • Andrew Scott

    Senior Associate
    Andrew is a member of the Christchurch patents team with a broad background in physics, biochemistry, and chemistry.

    Andrew is a member of the Christchurch patents team with a broad background in physics, biochemistry, and chemistry.

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  • Wing Seow

    Patent Attorney
    Wing works in our Christchurch Patents team. He advises clients on intellectual property issues surrounding patents and design registrations. His speciality is in Chemistry and Chemistry e-technology.

    Wing works in our Christchurch Patents team. He advises clients on intellectual property issues surrounding patents and design registrations. His speciality is in Chemistry and Chemistry e-technology.

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  • Gemma Smith

    Solicitor
    Gemma's practice includes enforcement of IP rights, dispute resolution, and border protection measures, across the range of IP rights but with an emphasis on trade mark and copyright issues.

    Gemma's practice includes enforcement of IP rights, dispute resolution, and border protection measures, across the range of IP rights but with an emphasis on trade mark and copyright issues.

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  • Naomi Smith

    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Naomi has a diverse role including marketing, communications, pr and events. She collaborates with James & Wells' associates to share their expertise through media articles, newsletters, social media and seminars.

    Naomi has a diverse role including marketing, communications, pr and events. She collaborates with James & Wells' associates to share their expertise through media articles, newsletters, social media and seminars.

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  • Jason Tuck

    Senior Associate
    Jason works in our Hamilton Patents team and is passionate about crafting IP strategies to meet unique business objectives.

    Jason works in our Hamilton Patents team and is passionate about crafting IP strategies to meet unique business objectives.

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  • Jason Wach

    Senior Associate
    Jason is an experienced intellectual property litigator. He regularly advises on disputes in all areas of IP and acts for clients in all levels of New Zealand court and tribunal.

    Jason is an experienced intellectual property litigator. He regularly advises on disputes in all areas of IP and acts for clients in all levels of New Zealand court and tribunal.

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  • Tim Walden

    Managing Partner
    Tim is the managing partner of James & Wells and leads our commercial law team as wells as our ‘Food and Beverage Innovation’ team. His expertise spans the software, technology, food, beverage, and nutraceutical sectors.

    Tim is the managing partner of James & Wells and leads our commercial law team as wells as our ‘Food and Beverage Innovation’ team. His expertise spans the software, technology, food, beverage, and nutraceutical sectors.

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  • Ceri Wells

    Partner
    Ceri Wells is a founding partner of James & Wells, a past president of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys, an experienced patent and trade mark attorney, and an outspoken champion of innovation.

    Ceri Wells is a founding partner of James & Wells, a past president of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys, an experienced patent and trade mark attorney, and an outspoken champion of innovation.

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We are a specialist intellectual property firm with a fresh take on workplace culture and an ethos dedicated to championing innovation.

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