Johnathan Chen (陈禹豪)


Johnathan Chen is the Assistant Head of the Asia Division at James & Wells – a team dedicated to providing specialist intellectual property and business advice to New Zealanders wanting to do business in Asia, and vice versa. 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.

He also provides advisory services to facilitate business and investment transactions between New Zealand and Asia, with a focus on intellectual property. Johnathan has a working knowledge of conducting business in Asia and New Zealand, and numerous business contacts across a range of industries.

In between jetting off to China, Johnathan unwinds by playing basketball in the Conference Basketball League, or getting out on the field to play rugby or touch rugby. .

Service Areas


With a range of skills as both an engineer and a patent attorney, as well as being bi-cultural and bi-lingual (Mandarin/English), Johnathan is able to assist in bridging the gap between different cultures and business landscapes. He has facilitated numerous investment and commercial deals between New Zealand and Chinese interests, and utilises James & Wells’ full suite of services and broad Australasian client base to maximise opportunities for Asian businesses interested in New Zealand.

Johnathan’s expertise and knowledge makes him in demand, and he currently serves as an advisor to and/or independent director on the boards of several New Zealand companies. Johnathan is also an elected member of the Executive Board for the New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA), and he has been elected to be one of a group of New Zealand Asian Leaders (NZAL).

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from The University of Waikato
  • Registered Patent Attorney in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Member of the Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA),
  • Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)

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