Wes Jones

"Sitting in the captain’s seat, Wes Jones is a skilled prosecutor of electrical and software patents.” – IAM Patent 1000 2018

Wes Jones

Partner | Auckland
Baldwins Law Limited

Wes specialises in the development and commercialisation of patent and registered design portfolios.

Wes works primarily in patents and also advises on copyright and registered design protection. He specialises in drafting patent specifications, providing validity and infringement advice, preparing license and other technology transfer agreements, and advising on intellectual property portfolio management and IP strategy.

Wes has technical expertise in the electrical, electronics, communications and software fields. His electrical engineering degree studies also involved courses in mechanical and structural engineering subjects.

Wes’ clients include Phitek Systems in the aviation industry and Auckland UniServices, the commercial arm of New Zealand’s largest university. UniServices is a world leader in the development of contactless power transfer technologies, particularly wireless vehicle charging.

Wes first practiced in the intellectual property field in 1989. He joined Baldwins in 2002 and became a partner of the firm in 2006. He has led the partnership as Chairman since 2015.


F: +64 9 373 2123
Email: wes.jones@baldwins.com


  • Patents
  • Registered designs
  • Copyright
  • IP portfolio management
  • IP strategy
  • Licensing
  • Electrical and electronics technologies
  • Communications and software


  • IPSANZ - Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • LES - Licensing Executives Society - Former Regional Chair and Trustee at Large
  • NZIPA - New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys - Fellow
  • NZLS - New Zealand Law Society – Member
  • APAA – Asian Patent Attorneys Association – Co-chair Designs Committee, Member Website Committee and 2017 Conference Organising Committee
  • APAA NZ Group – Secretary & Treasurer
  • Exam Board Member for the NZ Patent Attorney Examinations


  • Registered Patent Attorney in New Zealand and Australia
  • Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of
    New Zealand
  • Qualified Trust Account Supervisor
  • 2000  Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
  • 1988  Bachelor of Engineering (Elec), University of Auckland

Awards & Recognition

Award #1

ManagingIP Star, 2019
ManagingIP Star, 2018
ManagingIP Star, 2017
ManagingIP Star, 2016
ManagingIP Star, 2015
ManagingIP Star, 2014

Award #2

IAM Patent 1000, 2019
IAM Patent 1000, 2018
IAM Patent 1000, 2017
IAM Patent 1000, 2016
IAM Patent 1000, 2015
IAM Patent 1000, 2014

Award #3

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2019
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2018

Award #4

asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2019
asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2018
asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2017
asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2016

Who's Who Legal

Recommended Global Leader, Patent Agents & Attorneys 2020

Best Lawyers™

Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand 2021, Intellectual Property

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