Duncan Schaut

Duncan Schaut

Senior Associate | Auckland
Baldwins Law Limited

Duncan helps clients develop and implement their intellectual property strategy with a focus on patents and registered designs.

Duncan specialises in all aspects of patents, registered designs and copyright and their commericalisation.  He has a deep understanding of the aeronautical, building, cleantech, greentech, infrastructure, manufacturing, marine, medical devices, mining and mineral, packaging, recreational, sustainability, and transport fields. 

Prior to working at Baldwins, Duncan worked as an intellectual property specialist both in leading intellectual property firms and as in-house intellectual property counsel. This combination of experience since 2000 brings a unique perspective and understanding of clients’ needs.  Before that he worked as an R&D thermal and mechanical design engineer for a multinational power electronics company.

Duncan is based in our Auckland office and regularly travels to Christchurch and the surrounding areas to work with clients.

Duncan enjoys understanding client’s needs and their business goals and aligning their intellectual property strategy and rights to match these goals.  He also enjoys working closely with clients to understand their invention how it works, its application and future applications it might have.

F: +64 9 373 2123
Email: duncan.schaut@baldwins.com


  • Patents
  • IP strategy
  • IP portfolio due diligence
  • Mechanical and manufacturing inventions
  • Cleantech and sustainability
  • Electrical
  • Software
  • Registered designs
  • Copyright
  • Infringement and validity of patents and designs


  • NZIPA - New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys – Fellow
  • DINZ - Designers Institute of New Zealand - Affiliate
  • GNZCC - German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc. - Member


  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of
    New Zealand
  • 2009 Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
  • 1997 Master of Engineering (Mech), University of Auckland
  • 1994 Bachelor of Engineering (Eng Sc), University of Auckland

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers™

Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand 2021, Intellectual Property

Articles by Duncan Schaut