Ian Finch


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Ian is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential leaders in intellectual property. Along with Gus Hazel he leads the James & Wells Litigation team and acts for many local and multi-national companies, helping them to obtain and enforce their intellectual property rights in Australasia. Ian has extensive litigation experience across a range of industries, particularly in construction, manufacturing, electrical engineering, and medical devices.

Outside of work, Ian loves hanging out with his kids, mountain biking, fishing and restoring cars.

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Ian is a formidable force in the courtroom. He represents multinational corporations in cross-border patent litigation and in pre-grant patent opposition proceedings in Australia and New Zealand. Such clients include ResMed Pty Limited and Bayer New Zealand Limited. He represented international jeans company G-Star Raw in a landmark copyright case against Jeanswest New Zealand in which the most damages were awarded by a New Zealand court in a civil case involving a breach of intellectual property rights.

Ian has been recognised as an IP leader by many influential publications and has received accolades for expertise in enforcement and litigation, transactions and franchising by:
• Intellectual Asset Management world’s top 1000 Patent Attorneys (Gold ranking)
• World Trade Mark Review 1000
• Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2017
• Managing Intellectual Property
• Asia IP Experts 2018
• World Intellectual Property Review
• Legal 500 (Tier 1)
• Managing IP stars 2019/2020

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Master of Commercial Law - The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons) - University of Waikato
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Board Member of the body that regulates the Patent Attorney profession in Australia and New Zealand – the Trans-Tasman Intellectual Property Attorneys Board
  • Past-President of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Current member of the New Zealand Patent Attorney Examination Board
  • General Editor of New Zealand’s leading text on intellectual property law, James & Wells Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand