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Andrew Knowles

Of Counsel

Andrew heads up the James & Wells Tauranga team. His current practice includes working with clients on trade marks, copyright, design and patents.  With over 30 years’ experience working in intellectual property, Andrew has been involved in numerous trade mark and design cases both in prosecution and litigation. 

Outside of the office, Andrew has a passion for sailing. He is currently a national yacht racing rules judge. He also qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games and has been chief selector for New Zealand’s gold-winning Olympic sail team. .

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA), member of the New Zealand Law Society, and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)


  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • E-commerce and domain names 
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Fair trading in New Zealand
  • Intellectual property strategy


Prior to joining James & Wells.  Andrew was a Partner of another large New Zealand IP firm, with his own established practice.