The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.
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Currently housing 86 fee earners dedicated to intellectual property, AJ Park is by far the largest IP practice in New Zealand – this is even before its merger with Baldwins in 2020. Service users assert: “it is very rare to find such an accomplished firm with a deep bench that operates so nimbly and with such agility.” “Understanding trademark law can be a minefield, and we are glad AJ Park is always there to navigate this and give us good advice on the essentials.” Its roster of clientele, including many of the most iconic Trans-Tasman brands and over one-third of global Fortune 500 companies, taps into the vast of expertise and knowledge offered by its trademark team. Known for his professionalism and honesty, Jonathan Aumonier-Ward’s no-nonsense approach alongside the well-honed trademark skills make him the top choice and closest ally on any New Zealand copyright or trademark issue. One source enthuses: “I file hundreds of trademark applications around the world, and Jonathan is the only person I trust to assist my clients in Australia and New Zealand. He is top notch.” For the past three decades, IP lawyer Penelope Catley has assisted countless brands in Trans-Tasman trademark and brand protection matters. Another name to note is IP litigator Thomas Huthwaite, whose frequent appearances at all levels of New Zealand courts and brilliant skills in negotiating and mediating put him forward as a rising star. One of his Australian peers considers him “a delight to work with”. Kate Giddens and Paul Johns have been added to this year’s edition of the WTR 1000. Ex-IP Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) senior trademark examiner Giddens has become a part of AJ Park’s family through the Baldwin absorption and is particularly well-versed in the automotive, entertainment, food and beverage, sportswear and telecommunication industries. Johns previously worked in leading firms in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and is qualified as both a solicitor and barrister. His “prudent advice on how to resolve a trademark dispute” is in high demand from brand owners in various industries.