Baldwins named among top IP firms in New Zealand for 2015

Thursday 20th August 2015

Baldwins is delighted to be named once again among the leading intellectual property firms in New Zealand.  The results of Managing Intellectual Property’s World Intellectual Property Survey 2015, covering 80 countries, sees Baldwins ranked as a leading firm in New Zealand across both the contentious and prosecution categories for trade marks and patents in 2015.  

In addition to firm-wide praise, five individuals from the firm have been identified as ‘IP Stars’ with Penny Catley, Sue Ironside, Tim Jackson, Wes Jones and Shelley Rowland, each receiving individual credit for their respective work.

Client feedback highlights Baldwins as a “very diligent and extremely flexible” firm whose lawyers are “pragmatic, responsive and flexible, with solid New Zealand law knowledge.” This continued recognition at an international level confirms the firm’s commitment to remaining among the best in the IP field.

Sue Ironside from Auckland has been singled-out as an IP Star for her expertise and sound advice on availability and registration of trade marks, as well as prosecution and opposition matters in New Zealand and abroad. Sue also offers guidance on trade mark portfolios and the preparation of various forms of licences.

Based in Wellington, Penny Catley received individual credit for her work in advising clients on trade mark and brand protection issues, copyright and the Fair Trading Act. Penny is also highly experienced in matters involving commercial agreements, including franchising, licensing, sale and purchase, and sale and transfer agreements.     

Tim Jackson, a solicitor and patent attorney in New Zealand and Australia, is backed by a team said to consistently “give pragmatic and effective prosecution and opposition support”. Tim focuses on pharmaceutical and chemical patent litigation matters before New Zealand courts and in pre-grant oppositions before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

Holding both an engineering and law degree, Wes Jones specialises in drafting specifications, providing validity and infringement advice, as well as preparing licences, and other technology transfer agreements.

Shelley Rowland, a registered patent attorney in New Zealand and Australia, has specialist expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetic engineering and immunology. Clients praise Shelley for her “very strong knowledge in all areas of New Zealand patent law.”

The World IP Survey and IP Stars Handbook are published annually by Managing Intellectual Property to profile the best IP firms worldwide. Rankings are based on extensive research among IP practitioners by phone, surveys, email and in face-to-face meetings. In order to be recognised as an ‘IP Star’, an individual must be recommended and confirmed by their peers and clients in their corresponding jurisdiction.

See here for further information on the World IP Survey and IP Stars Handbook.

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