Senior Associate

Craig Rothwell

Areas of Expertise

Patents, Design Registrations, Trade Secrets & Non-Disclosure, IP Strategy, International Filings
Qualifications & Memberships
  • Bachelor of Technology (Engineering and Automation) (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Registered Patent Attorney - Australia and New Zealand
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Member - New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc (NZIPA)
  • Member - New Zealand Law Society

About Craig

Craig has extensive IP experience working with a variety of clients, including start-ups, local SME’s and large multinational companies. Craig also works with overseas firms to secure patent and design protection for foreign applicants in New Zealand and Australia.

In addition to preparing and filing patent and design applications and prosecuting applications, Craig advises clients regarding patentability and freedom to operate. Craig also has extensive experience with international filing strategies and management of large international design and patent portfolios.

Craig’s specialist knowledge spans a range of technical fields, including building and construction, the oil industry, medical devices, agri-tech, sporting equipment, packaging, and manufacturing, with a particular focus on mechanical and manufacturing technologies including computer-controlled equipment/systems.

Outside of work, Craig enjoys spending time with his family and making the most of the outdoors including boating and fishing.


Craig has more than 15 years’ experience in drafting patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications at IPONZ, IP Australia, including extensive experience prosecuting patent applications at the EPO, USPTO, JPO, and CNIPA. Craig also has experience with pre and post-grant challenges at the USTPO.

Before joining JAWs in 2018, Craig worked for another large Australasian firm, and prior to joining the IP profession in 2007, Craig gained 10 years engineering experience in the steel and oil industries, including development of electrical-hydraulic control systems, engineering design, and production engineering.

In addition to being a registered patent attorney, Craig is a Fellow of the New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys (NZIPA) and is an admitted lawyer.