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David Macaskill

Senior Associate

David is a member of the Hamilton and Tauranga Trade Marks and Patents teams.  He advises both start-ups and established businesses on intellectual property protection strategies, and manages the process of securing and enforcing rights. A key part of his practice is strategy considerations and portfolio management.

David’s expertise includes all aspects of patent and trade mark law, considering freedom to operate, protectability, and filing strategies. He has also completed due diligence projects for vendors and purchasers, advised companies raising capital from angel investors and venture capital firms, and developed intellectual property strategies to maximise return from an exit strategy.

In his spare time, David plays the saxophone in several bands around the North Island. He is also actively involved in the arts community in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions and he is Chair of the Hamilton Gardens’ Festival of Art. .

Qualifications and memberships

  • Master of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Waikato
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

Industry specialty

  • Chemical
  • Food and beverage
  • Health technology
  • Mechanical


  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Trade marks
  • Copyright
  • Plant variety rights
  • E-commerce and domain names 
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Education
  • Portfolio management
  • Information sharing
  • Doing business in Asia


With a Master of Science (Chemistry) and being able to practice in both trade mark and patent laws, David has a unique and highly sought after skill set. His trade mark experience includes the alcohol, food and beverage, consumer goods, fashion, and engineering industries. The chemical, mechanical engineering, medical devices, and material sciences industries make up his patent experience.