Chris Way

Another Chinese lawyer highlights Auckland partner Chris Way at Baldwins. “I've worked with Chris on several projects and his patience and explanations to clients are exceptional,” - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2016

Chris Way

Partner | Auckland

Chris specialises in mechanical, electrical & electronics patents and registered designs.

Chris qualified as a UK and European patent attorney in London before moving to New Zealand in 2006 and requalifying there and in Australia. He has a broad range of technical expertise with considerable practice in telecoms, packaging and medical device related fields.

In addition to drafting specifications and progressing applications through to grant, he is experienced in commercialisation and dispute resolution, assisting in licensing strategising and negotiations as well as more contentious matters. He provides infringement and validity advice and has a strong opposition practice, both locally and overseas, where he is able to draw on his European experience.

Chris also handles design applications and advises on copyright, particularly in New Zealand where copyright extends to cover industrial designs.

An experienced mountaineer and an amateur golfer, when not at the office Chris can usually be found walking the fairway or scaling the alps.

F: +64 9 373 2123


  • Patents
  • Patent searching
  • Patent filing and examination
  • Patent oppositions and revocations
  • Licensing
  • Registered designs
  • IP portfolio management
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Information and communication technology


  • CIPA - Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, United Kingdom - Fellow
  • OHIM - Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Authorised Representative
  • NZIPA - New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys - Fellow and Council Member
  • AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property - Member
  • FICPI - Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle - Member


  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney
  • Registered and Chartered Patent Attorney (United Kingdom)
  • 1998 MSc (Management of Intellectual Property) - Queen Mary College, University of London
  • 1997 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Manufacturing Systems), University of Bath, United Kingdom

Awards & Recognition

IAM Patent 1000, 2017

Recognised Leader in Mechanical Patents - Australasia, 2016

Publications & Citations

Is 'Lockwood v Doric' really dead or does it just look that way? A review of the new requirements for textual disclosure under the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 [online]. Intellectual Property Forum: journal of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, No. 101, Jun 2015: 38-42 ISSN: 0815-2098.

All change in New Zealand [online]. Intellectual Property Magazine, Jul/Aug 2014: 73-74 ISSN: 2044-7175

Articles by Chris Way