Ian Finch

Areas of Expertise

Patents, Trade Marks, Enforcement & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Licensing & Commercialisation, Design Registrations, Anti-counterfeiting, Trade Secrets & Non-Disclosure, Domain Names, Fair Trade
Qualifications & Memberships
  • Master of Commercial Law
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Registered Patent Attorney - Australia and New Zealand
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Board Member - Trans-Tasman Intellectual Property Attorneys Board (professional regulatory body)
  • Past - President - New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)
  • Fellow - New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc (NZIPA) and member of its Examinations Board
  • General Editor of New Zealand’s leading text on intellectual property law, Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand

About Ian

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.


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:

  • IAM Patent 1000 – litigation (gold)
  • IAM Global Leaders (2021/2022)
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2022
  • World Intellectual Property Review 2021
  • Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2021
  • Legal 500 (Tier 1)
  • Managing IP Stars 2021/2022
  • World Trade Mark Review 1000
  • Asia IP Experts 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2021
  • Doyle’s Intellectual Property & TMT Law Rankings
  • World Intellectual Property Review Leaders 2021
  • Managing Intellectual Property Asia IP Experts 2018