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Andrew Scott

Senior Associate

We’ve all got our part to play in the Kiwi innovation movement – Andrew’s taking Kiwi ingenuity from whoa to go, with a particular passion for the molecular.  Biotechnology, food technology, agritech and the chemical sciences form the nucleus of Andrew’s practice.

When he gets a chance to stretch his legs, Andrew heads into the backcountry for rock climbing, mountain biking, tramping or mountaineering.


  • PhD (Organic Chem) (ANU)
  • BSc (Advanced) (Hons I) (U Syd)
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law (U Melb)
  • Registered Patent Attorney – New Zealand and Australia
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney - Australia

Industry specialty

  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Clean technology
  • Food and beverage
  • Natural products
  • Health technology


  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Education
  • Blue Sky Mining 

Credentials & experience

Years of experience enable Andrew to work with bright minds to crystallise their innovative solutions, helping to precipitate business success through tailored, strategic IP advice. Whether your ideas have only just been conceived, are seeds ready to germinate, or are already more advanced life forms requiring incubation, Andrew has developed an array of skills and network of professionals to take your innovation to the next level.

Small molecule therapeutics, low-calorie beer production, cheese processing, pesticidal compositions, monoclonal antibody therapeutics and materials science are all in a day’s work.

In addition to preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications, Andrew has also helped patentees defend and enforce their patent rights in a range of contentious matters. Before moving to New Zealand, Andrew worked as a patent attorney in Australia and has developed an intimate knowledge of Australian law and practice.

In typical James & Wells style, Andrew holds his fair share of qualifications; he’s a Registered Patent Attorney in both New Zealand and Australia, holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with Honours, and a PhD in Chemistry.

Following completion of his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in which he devised a novel synthesis of the potent antimitotic agent (-)-podophyllotoxin, Andrew was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to prepare a class of new amphiphilic molecules using controlled radical polymerization techniques and investigate the role that the molecules play in stabilizing high internal phase emulsion explosives.

Industry recognition

Andrew is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA), a member of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).