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James & Wells are the champions of Kiwi innovation. 

Back in 1979 James & Wells was a one man band, now we’ve grown to be the dominant intellectual property firm acting for New Zealanders. 

We understand business.

We understand Kiwi business.

We understand intellectual property law, after all we wrote the book

Why are we so passionate? Well, it’s sad but true, historically Kiwis haven’t made the most of their great ideas. Maybe because most people don’t realise that 80% of the value of their business is in intangible assets.

This is why we have focused our firm on helping our clients make the most of these valuable assets. 

So yes, we’re intellectual property experts, but we are also business strategists, scientists, engineers, accountants, lawyers and commercialisation specialists. We’re all committed to the same goal – making sure Kiwi innovation makes it big on the world stage. 

Talk to us to see how we can help.

 

 


Industry recognition

Working with James & Wells

To add real value we need to know your business from the inside out. So we have to ask a lot of questions.

Our ‘Enquiry meeting information sheet’ was designed to make the getting-to-know-you stage of our relationship easier from the start

Before we can indulge in the interesting stuff (finding out about your innovation), we have to do some business house keeping. We need to make sure we have your correct details on our ‘Account application form’ and that we are working with the right parties.

Our ‘Terms of engagement’ defines how we will work together. We apologise that it is so lengthy, the Law Society makes us do it. However, getting these formalities out of the way at the very start means we are free to concentrate on your business needs.

Thank you for your patience.

Partnership structure

James & Wells is the trading style of two separate partnerships, James & Wells Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys and James & Wells Lawyers.

All of the partners of James & Wells Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys are registered patent attorneys and subject to the Code of Practice and disciplinary procedure of the Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Similarly, all of the partners of James & Wells Lawyers are lawyers and, therefore, subject to the ethical constraints and disciplinary procedures of the New Zealand Law Society. Some of our partners are both registered patent attorneys and lawyers and are a partner in both practices.

A detailed breakdown of the respective partnerships is as follows:

James & Wells Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Ceri Wells Registered Patent Attorney Barrister & Solicitor
Ian Finch Registered Patent Attorney Barrister & Solicitor
Jason Rogers Registered Patent Attorney Barrister & Solicitor
Carrick Robinson Registered Patent Attorney  
Tim Walden Registered Patent Attorney Barrister & Solicitor
Gus Hazel Registered Patent Attorney Barrister & Solicitor
Jonathan Lucas Registered Patent Attorney  

James & Wells Lawyers

Ceri Wells Barrister & Solicitor Registered Patent Attorney
Ian Finch Barrister & Solicitor Registered Patent Attorney
Jason Rogers Barrister & Solicitor Registered Patent Attorney
Tim Walden Barrister & Solicitor Registered Patent Attorney 

For your security, money received from you or on your behalf for matters relating to reserved areas of work, other than in payment of invoices which we have already issued, will be held in a trust account operated by James & Wells Lawyers.

It has been necessary for us to adopt this dual partnership structure in order to comply with the requirements of the Lawyers & Conveyancers Act 2006 and the Patents Acts 2013, each of which reserves particular areas of work for lawyers and registered patent attorneys.

Generally speaking, all work associated with a patent will be conducted, or supervised, by a registered patent attorney. All work, generally speaking, related to an infringement of your rights, legal proceedings etc, will be conducted, or supervised, by a lawyer. Any other work is likely to be conducted, or supervised, by a person who is either a registered patent attorney or a lawyer (and possibly both).

If you are in any doubt as to whether the person you are dealing with is a lawyer or registered patent attorney, please feel free to clarify this with them, their supervising partner, or by accessing their qualifications via the "Meet the team" section of this website.