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Tuesday 14th May 2013

Baldwins set to lead the IP field with new appointments

Intellectual Property firm Baldwins has made exciting senior staffing changes to ensure continued success in New Zealand, Australia and internationally, with four new appointments and 12 promotions.

Angela Searle,  with significant experience in intellectual property law and trade marks both in New Zealand and across the Tasman, has been appointed Baldwins’ newest partner in Christchurch. Angela returns to Baldwins Christchurch office, having been part of the team from 1993-2002, after building her own successful Canterbury practice.
“Angela has significant experience as one of New Zealand’s leading IP   lawyers and we are thrilled about the insight and knowledge she brings   to our clients and the firm,” says Baldwins Chairperson Sue Ironside.  “To have a partner of Angela’s standing demonstrates Baldwins’  commitment to Christchurch, the South Island and New Zealand’s   innovative culture.” Ironside says she also expects the new appointments to considerably enhance the firm’s capabilities in a number of critical areas. “The other newly appointed staff members all contribute knowledge to the multi-disciplinary skill set we pride ourselves on possessing at Baldwins.”
David Alizade joins the Auckland office as head of Commercial. David has worked extensively in New Zealand and Great Britain, consulting for Overture and Yahoo! Europe. He has also spent two years as MD of a retail marketing company.
Alongside David at the Auckland office, Geoff Chisholm has been appointed Senior Associate. Geoff specialises in telecommunications, electronics and computer-related inventions and has held several senior positions in the UK.
Andy Locke has also taken a role as Senior Associate. Andy is originally from the UK, and has involved himself with many overseas patent matters. He will strengthen the electronics and engineering team at Baldwins’ Wellington office.
“The number of internal promotions we have also been able to make to fulfil available roles recognises that we have some of the best staff we could hope for,” Sue Ironside adds. “The appointment of Angela,  David, Geoff and Andy only increases Baldwins existing outstanding capabilities. “I would also like to congratulate our new Senior Associates on their promotions. Developing the gifted people at Baldwins is essential to the evolution of the firm. It exhibits our commitment to grow the firm and promote from within,” says Sue Ironside.
Fiona Pringle joined Baldwins in June 2005, was appointed team leader in January 2013 and works primarily in the area of biotechnology patents.  After gaining her PhD in 2000, she spent three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Upon returning to New Zealand she worked as a science policy analyst in the area of biotechnology for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Fiona’s PhD research focussed on an RNA virus from the family Tetraviridae.  Her work involved cloning and sequencing the tetravirus (which infects insects and is used as a biocontrol agent in some developing countries), and demonstrating its unique assembly strategy using a baculovirus expression system.  During her postdoctoral research Fiona characterised the first tetravirus capable of replicating in tissue culture.
Rachel McDonald is a Senior Associate specialising in Trade Marks in Baldwins’ Auckland Office.  Rachel started with Baldwins in April 1998 were she was appointed to assist one of the trade mark teams.  In November 2000 she joined the professional staff as a trade mark executive and is currently studying towards a Certificate in Business Studies. Rachel’s experience is in trade mark searching, filing and prosecution in New Zealand and internationally. She also assists clients in maintaining international watching briefs to provide clients with a market advantage of ensuring security to their trade mark rights.
Sophie Thoreau joined Baldwins in May 2003 having a background in intellectual property.  She is qualified in law, and in the arts majoring in psychology and linguistics.  She uses these skills in her daily work.  Sophie is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2003 and was appointed as a Senior Associate in 2013. Sophie specialises in the application of Intellectual Property in commerce, particularly in contentious trade mark and branding related matters in New Zealand and internationally.  She has been involved in a number of complex cases,  developing new and emerging concepts of case law for regional and multinational clients of the firm. As a recognised contributor to learned and professional publications, Sophie is well engaged in and represents Baldwins in Intellectual Property professional peer groupings and advisories.
Duncan Schaut joined Baldwins in November 2009 and has been promoted to Senior Associate in the mechanical and manufacturing team in our Auckland office. He specialises in patents, registered designs and copyright particularly for mechanical and manufacturing inventions. Duncan’s industry experience comprises a range of technologies and their commercialisation namely aeronautical, building, cleantech, greentech,  infrastructure, manufacturing, marine, medical devices, mining and mineral, packaging, recreational, sustainability, and transport. Duncan has worked as an intellectual property specialist since 2000 both in leading IP firms and as in-house IP counsel.  This combination of experience brings a unique perspective and understanding of clients’  needs.
Brigette Shone is a barrister and solicitor, is currently studying towards becoming a registered patent attorney, and was appointed as a Senior Associate in 2013. Prior to joining Baldwins in January 2012, Brigette practised general litigation for five years at a major New Zealand commercial law firm.  Brigette specialises in all areas of intellectual property litigation and advice including trade marks, passing off, Fair Trading Act, border protection, domain name, patent, design and copyright disputes.  Brigette also advises clients on commercial issues related to intellectual property, including contractual matters. Brigette has represented clients in hearings on a wide range of matters in the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.  From her commercial law background, Brigette also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
Natalie Harre (nee Larnder) joined Baldwins in July 2012 as an Associate in the litigation team in the Auckland office and was appointed as a Senior Associate in 2013.  Prior to joining Baldwins, Natalie practised in general commercial litigation and intellectual property at a top tier commercial law firm in Auckland. Natalie’s previous intellectual property experience includes trade mark portfolio management, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, contentious IP matters, border protection, domain names, passing off, Fair Trading Act and copyright issues.
Six staff have been promoted to Associate effective immediately. “It’s a pleasure to recognise this group for their continued hard work and dedication to our clients and their needs,” says Sue Ironside.
Tim Stirrup is a Registered Patent Attorney in New Zealand and Australia and joined the Auckland office of Baldwins in November 2008.  He works primarily in the field of chemistry and biotechnology patents and has previous experience as a Research Scientist working in the UK and New Zealand.  Tim also headed up a commercial initiative at the University of Southampton to provide Environmental and Ecological consultancy services from the University to regional clients.
Katherine Bowker joined Baldwins as a Solicitor in February 2010 and was appointed as an Associate in 2013. Katherine is able to advice on all aspects of trade mark and related Intellectual Property law. She has international trade mark experience, having joined Baldwins after working at a major international law firm in London and also has previous experience as a Senior Trade Mark Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.
Piers Thoreau has specialised in trade marks practice since 2001, and brings industry experience in intellectual property with SMEs and multinational corporations in New Zealand, as well as European experience with a major multinational FMCG beverages company and a UK firm of patent attorneys.  Specialising in all aspects of strategic trade mark matters, Piers has particular interest in freedom to market, new trade mark application,  prosecution, opposition and trade mark filing, together with management and development of Intellectual Property portfolios.
Rachael Koelmeyer joined the Auckland office in 1999 to assist the trade mark department and was appointed as an Associate in 2013. While studying for her MA,  Rachael worked with a legal database company with a particular emphasis on legal case law in New Zealand. Since joining Baldwins, Rachael has had considerable experience advising on the protection of trade marks for clients in the retail, building, clothing, wine areas.  Rachael is also experienced in working with clients to form branding strategies and in active enforcement of their rights under the Trade Marks, Copyright,  and Fair Trading Acts.
Anna Bargh joined Baldwins in July 2007 as a solicitor and trade mark executive and was appointed as an Associate in 2013. Following completion of a BA (History) and LLB at the University of Otago in 2001, Anna worked as a trade marks advisor at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.  Anna then moved to London where she spent 18 months gaining work experience with law firms while taking some time to travel before returning to New Zealand and joining Baldwins.
Maria Sun joined Baldwins as a summer clerk in December 2008 and is now a solicitor in the Wellington Office.  Maria was appointed as an Associate in 2013. Prior to this, Maria worked as a law tutor at the Otago School of Medicine and as a legal intern at the Mental Health Commission.  Maria specialises in the protection and prosecution of trade marks. In addition Maria provides advice on trade mark availability and clearance searches, passing off and the Fair Trading Act.


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