Thomas Huthwaite

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 and a ‘Rising Star’ by Asialaw Leading Lawyers, 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


  • Oppositions, revocations, invalidity actions
  • Infringement and enforcement matters
  • Counterfeiting and border control cases
  • Domain name disputes
  • Contractual issues
  • Social media and e-commerce complaints
  • Appearing as counsel before courts and tribunals


  • 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


  • 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

Award #1

Rising star lawyer for Intellectual Property
in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018

Award #2

Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016

Award #3

Finalist, Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2016

World Trademark Review 1000

World Trademark Review 1000, 2020

Publications & Citations


  • Textbook Chapter “Copyright Licensing” in Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory / Licensing Update 2016 - 2019 (eds. Battersby & Grimes).
  • The Enduring Significance of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act Safe Harbor (2017) Copyright & New Media Law, Vol 21, Issue 2. 
  • High Stakes on the Digital High Seas: Copyright and Piracy in the 21st Century (2013) Intellectual Property Forum, Issue 93.

Notable cases:

  • Swatch AG v Apple Inc. [2018] NZIPOTM 11; [2018] NZIPOTM 13
  • Crocodile International Pte Limited v Lacoste [2016] NZCA 111
  • Bluebird Foods Limited v Griffin’s Foods Limited [2015] NZIPOTM 9
  • Appleby Vintners Limited v Kollaras & Co Pty Ltd [2015] ATMO (16 July)
  • Crocodile International Pte Limited v Lacoste [2013] NZHC 2265; [2013] NZAR 1391
  • Zoggs International Limited v Sexwax Incorporated [2013] NZHC 1494
  • Fast Future Brands Proprietary Ltd v Valleygirl New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZCA 615
  • Fast Future Brands Pty Ltd v Valleygirl New Zealand Ltd (2012) 13 TCLR 542

Articles by Thomas Huthwaite