Chris Way

"Chris Way is an authority on mechanical and electronics matters – the UK and trans-Tasman patent attorney manages the portfolios of major New Zealand companies and represents their interests in infringement cases." - IAM Patent 1000, 2018

Chris Way

Partner | Auckland English | 中文

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 in New Zealand and 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.



除了起草专利说明书和申请专利之外,Chris在商业化和争端解决、协助制定许可策略和谈判、以及其他法律诉讼事项方面也同样经验丰富。 鉴于其在欧洲的执业背景,他针对无论是本地还是海外客户提供的法律意见,包括侵权、有效性和异议等方面,都有着很强的实践性。



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


* No longer current due to residency requirements.

Awards & Recognition

Award #1

IAM Patent 1000, 2019
IAM Patent 1000, 2018
IAM Patent 1000, 2017

Award #2

ManagingIP Star, 2019

Best Lawyers™

Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand 2021, Intellectual Property

Award #4

Finance Monthly Global Awards 2018, Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year

Award #5

Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2018, Intellectual Property - Lawyer of the Year - New Zealand

Award #6

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