Managing Partner

Tim Walden

Areas of Expertise

Fair Trade, Trade Marks, Copyright, Design Registration, Anti-counterfeiting, International Filings, Geographic Indications (GI), Renewals & Maintenance
Qualifications & Memberships
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Registered Patent Attorney - Australia and New Zealand
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney - Australia
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney - Ireland and the European Union
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Fellow - New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc (NZIPA)
  • Member - New Zealand Law Society
  • Member - International Trade Mark Association (INTA)

About Tim

Tim is the Managing Partner of James & Wells and specialises in trade mark law.

Managing large trade mark portfolios, completing clearance investigations for new brands, devising filing strategies, establishing brand ownership, and enforcing trade marks overseas, are all part of Tim’s practice. His expertise spans the software, technology, food, beverage, and nutraceutical sectors.

Tim is part of James & Wells’ Food and Beverage Innovation team, which provides a tailored service advising businesses on IP alongside a host of industry-specific issues such as legal compliance, strategy and commercialisation.

Tim has an impressive list of clients including Xero, Vend, Prolife Foods, New Image Group, Quantec, Dairy New Zealand, and Southern Produce. Having worked with many global companies, Tim has invaluable business knowledge and experience which he utilises to help clients leverage their IP.

A natural leader, Tim works closely with staff to foster a vibrant, inclusive workplace resulting in successful outcomes for individuals and the firm. When he gets the chance to leave the office, he heads straight to the coast to unwind and go fishing.


Tim joined James & Wells in 1998. He moved to Europe in 2002 where he worked for Ireland’s largest IP firm, dealing with the European Community Trade Mark Office and the International Trade Mark system (Madrid). He returned to New Zealand and to James & Wells in 2004.

Over the last 20 years, Tim has filed a multitude of trade marks in Australia and New Zealand and has worked with many clients, from small start-ups to large overseas corporates. His work managing large business portfolios is particularly noteworthy in the New Zealand market.

Tim has strong relationships with overseas associates and has significant experience in Europe, North America and Asia. His knowledge of the local laws and practices has been invaluable to many clients as they’ve grown and expanded into new markets.

Tim regularly speaks to businesses and groups about how they can protect and leverage their IP. He embodies James & Wells’ mission of championing local innovation and has best recognised in the 13th Edition of the ‘Best Lawyers in New Zealand’ guide.

Insights by Tim Walden