Thomas Huthwaite

Senior Associate | Wellington
Baldwins Law Limited

Thomas helps clients to maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights and to resolve disputes relating to those rights.

Thomas is a barrister and solicitor specialising in all areas of intellectual property, from protection and maintenance through to enforcement. His focus is on dispute resolution, whether by way of negotiation, mediation, or official resolution channels. Named ‘one to watch’ by the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Thomas has represented clients at all levels of the New Zealand Courts, and the New Zealand and Australian Intellectual Property Offices, as well as before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, and the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Service.

Before joining Baldwins in late 2010, Thomas was a researcher of human memory error and eyewitness testimony for the Innocence Project
New Zealand and the Victoria University School of Psychology. In late 2012, he was seconded as a copyright and media policy consultant at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Thomas is locally known due to his enthusiasm and support for local artists and artisans – from those involved in food and beverage goods and services, to those in the art, film and music industries. He is passionate about helping creative people and businesses.

F: +64 4 473 6712
 
Email: thomas.huthwaite@baldwins.com
 
Thomas Huthwaite

Expertise

  • Oppositions, revocations, invalidity actions
  • Infringement and enforcement matters
  • Counterfeiting and border control cases
  • Domain name disputes
  • Contractual issues
  • Social media complaints

Affiliations

  • IPSANZ – Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand – Member & Committee Member
  • NZLS – New Zealand Law Society
  • NZIPA – New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys – Fellow
  • APCA – Asian Pacific Copyright Association

Qualifications

  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of
    New Zealand
  • 2010 Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2010 Bachelor of Science (Hons 1st Class) (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2010 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington

Awards & Recognition

Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016


Publications & Citations

Publications:

  • High Stakes on the Digital High Seas: Copyright and Piracy in the 21st Century (2013) Intellectual Property Forum, Issue 93.

Notable cases:

  • Fast Future Brands Proprietary Ltd v Valleygirl New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZCA 615 (Court of Appeal);
  • Fast Future Brands Pty Ltd v Valleygirl New Zealand Ltd (2012) 13 TCLR 542 (High Court)
  • Crocodile International Pte Limited v Lacoste [2013] NZHC 2265, [2013] NZAR 1391 (High Court);
  • Crocodile International Pte Limited v Lacoste [2014] NZIPOTM 2 (IPONZ)
  • Sexwax Incorporated v Zoggs International Limited [2014] NZCA 311 (Court of Appeal);
  • Zoggs International Limited v Sexwax Incorporated [2013] NZHC 1494 (High Court).
  • Bluebird Foods Limited v Griffin’s Foods Limited [2015] NZIPOTM 9 (IPONZ)
  • Appleby Vintners Limited v Kollaras & Co Pty Ltd [2015] ATMO (16 July) (ATMO)
  • Domain Name Disputes: WIPO decisions DAU2014-0038 and D2014-2168 (Harley-Davidson); NZ DRS decision 1060 (Harley-Davidson), NZ DRS decision 787 (Zippo)

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