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David Macaskill

Senior Associate

Helping Kiwis make their mark on the world stage is David’s specialty when it comes to IP. He works with start-ups and established businesses alike, tackling all the issues that surround securing their innovation here and abroad.

David is quite the keen muso too, playing the saxophone in a number of bands dotted around the North Island. Even when he isn’t playing music, he’s still involved as a board member of the Tauranga Jazz Society and the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Qualifications and memberships

  • MSc (Chemistry)
  • LLB
  • Barrister and Solicitor
  • Registered Patent Attorney

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


Not one to tackle only one thing at a time, he’s got a Masters degree in Chemistry and is a qualified solicitor, enabling him to practise proficiently in both the trade marks and patents areas. And of course he’s a Registered Patent Attorney. His trade mark experience includes the alcohol, food and beverage, consumer goods, fashion, and engineering industries. Patent wise, David has worked with chemical, mechanical engineering, medical devices, and materials sciences inventions. Given this spread of subject, he helps manage intellectual property portfolios and develops IP strategies.

It doesn’t stop there , David can:

  • Advise you on freedom to operate, infringement issues, protectability and ownership disputes for both brands and inventions
  • Map out the best plan of attack to secure protection for both brands and inventions in a variety of countries; and
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications.

You can see why we made him a Senior Associate.

But don't take our word for it

“We are a start up company that has developed a unique and world class leading medical device. We wanted to maximise our development opportunity with patents and elected to use David Macaskill at James & Wells to guide us through this process. I am delighted to say David has been successful in securing three granted patents in New Zealand and is lodging patents in our selected countries. As novices to the IP world we have relied on him to give us advice, explain the process including the IP world terminology which we found confusing, he has simplified it for us. I would have no hesitation in recommending David and James & Wells for IP advice and implementation.”

Terry Vickers, Director