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.
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.