Sarah Rosanowski

Sarah Rosanowski

Solicitor | Auckland
Baldwins Law Limited

Sarah helps clients maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights and facilitates the resolution of disputes.

Sarah is a barrister and solicitor specialising in all areas of intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution. She has expertise in dealing with issues relating to copyright, patents, trade marks, domain names, design registrations, trade secrets and consumer law. Sarah has appeared as counsel before the Intellectual Property Office and the High Court of New Zealand in relation to a range of opposition and infringement matters.

Sarah enjoys working with clients to develop and implement strategies to best protect, maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights with the goal of achieving pragmatic solutions.

Before joining Baldwins, Sarah worked for another leading New Zealand intellectual property law firm. Sarah has an interest in internet and media law and has previously worked as a researcher for the Australian National University and the University of Canterbury in these fields, producing several publications.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys running and competing in half marathons. Sarah has a diploma in French which she earned while teaching English in Amiens, France. She is also interested in theatre and music, and has performed in various musicals and revues.
F: +64 9 373 2123


  • Patent and registered design disputes
  • Copyright disputes (including industrial copyright)
  • Trade mark, branding and domain name disputes
  • Confidential information and trade secret issues
  • Fair trading, passing off and consumer law
  • Counterfeit goods and border control
  • Oppositions, revocations and invalidity actions
  • Infringement and enforcement matters


  • NZLS AYL – Auckland Young Lawyers, a branch of the New Zealand Law Society – Deputy Convenor
  • NZIPA – New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys – Student Member
  • ADLS – Auckland District Law Society – Member
  • AWLA – Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association – Member


  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communication; Philosophy), University of Canterbury

Publications & Citations


  • Johns, P. and Rosanowski, S. (2016) Copyright and Domain Names. In: LexisNexis Practical Guidance: Intellectual Property. LexisNexis Online.
  • Rosanowski, S. (2015) Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions within the New Zealand Intellectual Property Framework: A Case Study of the Ka Mate Haka. In: M. Rimmer (ed.) Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research. Cheltenham, UK. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Cheer, U., Finn, J., and Rosanowski, S. (2015) Media law issues. In: Finn, J. and Toomey, E. (eds.) Legal Response to Natural Disasters. Thomson Reuters, New Zealand.
  • Cheer, U. and Rosanowski, S. (2013) The impact of law on media reporting of earthquakes in Christchurch 2010-11. Media & Arts Law Review 18(3): 220-248.

Notable Cases

  • Sealegs International Limited v Zhang [2016] NZHC 2274
  • Burden v ESR Group (NZ) Limited [2016] NZHC 1542
  • Burden v ESR Group (NZ) Limited [2015] NZHC 1649
  • Gallagher Group Limited v Robertson Engineering Limited (t/a) Strainrite [2015] NZHC 1321
  • Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Limited v Novartis AG [2014] NZIPOTM 47
  • Nora Swann v Arabella Pte. Limited [2014] NZIPOTM 43