WTR 1000 ranks James & Wells ‘Gold’ for trade mark expertise

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Prestigious international publisher, World Trademark Review, has once again awarded local intellectual property firm James & Wells a gold ranking in its annual publication, WTR 1000. Four James & Wells’ individuals also received recommendations for their expertise.

World Trademark Review provides independent coverage of global trade mark developments and unique and invaluable market analysis. The WTR 1000 guide identifies the trade mark firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice.

The guide acknowledges that James & Wells’ team of highly experienced practitioners is well regarded, earning high praise from peers and clients alike. “Their team of experts ensures you get the most experienced person for each specific job.”

The guide notes that while the firm is known for filing more trademarks than any other independent IP firm in the country, its stellar reputation extends beyond its trade mark and prosecution practice. In particular, the guide recognised the strength of James & Wells’ dedicated Asia Team, as well as its “outstanding litigation department”.

Individual rankings

Partners Carrick Robinson and Ceri Wells were recommended for their expertise in prosecution and strategy, with the guide noting that Ceri is “frequently approached by companies looking for help with developing IP strategies to fit their business objectives.”

Carrick was recognised for his proficiency in the trade mark space, “[his] background as a tax accountant serves him well as he assists clients with IP valuation.”

Partner, Gus Hazel and Senior Associate, Ben Cain were recommended as leading practitioners in enforcement and litigation. With litigation experience at all levels in Australia and New Zealand, Gus is described as an excellent litigator and great collaborator who attracts deep respect from his peers.

Ben receives praise for his awareness of commercial realities and realistic assessments of likely outcomes – “[he] installs great confidence in his clients to make the best decision for their business.”

The guide noted that the New Zealand market has managed comparatively well throughout the pandemic, with the country’s IP practices staying busy. The total number of trade mark filings are going up as more companies realise the importance of intellectual property, with the health sector among those experiencing a boost as a result of an increased demand for personal protective equipment and disinfectants, while the retail sector has seen a slow-down.