Litigation & dispute resolution

Enforce your intellectual property rights against others and take advantage of different dispute resolution mechanisms to obtain the best outcome.

Our expertise and experience in dispute resolution


Baldwins acts in all types of intellectual property disputes, including those that end up before the intellectual property office and courts in New Zealand and Australia. We primarily deal with alleged infringement of trade marks, patents, copyright and registered designs, as well as oppositions to registration of trade marks, patents and designs, and actions to attack existing registrations.

While court proceedings are a necessary and important tool in the enforcement of intellectual property rights, many disputes may be resolved in other ways. For more information, please see our IP enforcement and alternative dispute resolution pages.

Our dispute resolution lawyers can also assist in broader issues including Fair Trading Act and passing off actions, breaches of contract, breaches of confidence, domain name disputes and Customs matters.

Achieving the best outcome for you


We provide strategic and pragmatic advice throughout the course of a dispute to enable our clients to make informed decisions and reach the best outcome possible in a cost efficient manner.

Baldwins has a dedicated Dispute Resolution team, with clients ranging from solo inventors, to small and large Australasian businesses, research organisations and multinationals.

If you have a dispute, or a potential dispute, involving intellectual property rights and you would like advice on your options, please give our dispute resolution lawyers a call.

Case studies


Click the stories below to discover how our dispute resolution experts are assisting Baldwins' clients to achieve their commercial goals.  

Meet our experts

  • Paul Johns
    Head of Dispute Resolution, Auckland

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  • Brigette Shone
    Senior Associate, Auckland

  • +64 9 359 7745
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  • Thomas Huthwaite
    Senior Associate, Wellington

  • +64 4 494 9600
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