David Macaskill


Hamilton • Tauranga
+64 9 914 6740
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Ranked by IAM 1000 as one of the world’s leading patent attorneys, David specialises in intellectual property strategy development, implementation and portfolio management.

David advises and manages the process of securing and enforcing rights. His expertise includes all aspects of patent and trade mark law, including freedom to operate advice, protectability, preparing filing strategies and prosecution. He has completed due diligence projects for vendors and purchasers, advised companies raising capital from angel investors and venture capital firms, and developed intellectual property strategies to maximise return from an exit strategy.

In his spare time, David enjoys music and playing the saxophone, and spending time outside trail running.

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Able to practice in both trade mark and patent laws, David has a highly sought-after skill set. He has background in chemistry having a Master of Science (Chemistry). However, his patent practice encompasses a wider range of areas including: chemistry, medical products, material science, and mechanical and process engineering.

In addition, David also advises clients on intellectual property strategy development and implementation. This has included working with companies in relation to medical products, amphibious vehicles, renewable energy, agritech, bio-genomics and genetics, and Universities and Research Institutions working in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

His trade mark experience includes the alcohol, food and beverage, consumer goods, fashion, and engineering industries.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Master of Science (Chemistry)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Registered Patent Attorney - Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)
  • Member - New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
  • Member - American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) International Foreign Law - South Pacific sub-committee

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