Harriet Tregonning

Harriet Tregonning

Associate | Auckland

Harriet assists clients in reaching their commercial goals through protection of their valuable patent assets.

Harriet specialises in patents. She handles prosecution of patent applications and resolution of disputes before the New Zealand and Australian patent offices, in addition to advising on patentability and freedom to operate. She also works with Baldwins’ commercial and dispute resolution teams to advise clients on contractual issues. Harriet’s main practice areas are in the fields of biotechnology, agricultural technologies, and animal and human health.

Harriet qualified as registered patent attorney in New Zealand and Australia in 2016. During her training she was awarded the NZIPA Prize for the top mark in the country for Paper E - Interpretation and Criticism of Patent Specifications.

Before joining the firm in her current role, Harriet completed her masters degree as an intern in Baldwins’ specialist biotechnology patents team. Harriet’s research focussed on intellectual property strategy in early stage biotech companies. Harriet is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland.

Harriet enjoys working with New Zealand and international clients at the cutting edge of their technological field, and assisting them with meeting commercial objectives. She has a particular interest in how intellectual property and business strategy align.
F: +64 9 373 2123
Email: harriet.tregonning@baldwins.com


  • Patentability advice
  • Patent prosecution
  • Freedom to operate
  • IP strategy
  • Patent disputes
  • Registered design protection


  • NZIPA – New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys – Fellow
  • NZIFST - New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology - Member
  • AWLA - Auckland Womens Law Society - Student Member


  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia & New Zealand)
  • 2012 Masters of Bioscience Enterprise (Hons), University of Auckland
  • 2011 Postgraduate Diploma of Bioscience Enterprise (Distinction), University of Auckland
  • 2010 Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science, Neuroscience), University of Auckland

Publications & Citations


  • “Intellectual Property Strategy in New Zealand’s Bioenergy Sector: An Exploratory Study”, Harriet M. Sandstad, Thesis submitted for the Degree of Masters of Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Auckland (2012)

Articles by Harriet Tregonning