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Geoff Chisholm

Senior Associate
Auckland geoffc@jaws.co.nz
+64 9 914 6740

Geoff works as a Senior Associate in our Auckland Patents Team.  His expertise includes electrical and electronics engineering, particularly telecommunications and medical devices, mechanical engineering and software.

Geoff specialises in drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications in multiple jurisdictions, handling patent oppositions, providing opinions and supporting patent litigation.

When not in the office, Geoff spends his spare time with his family and (when time allows) fishing, hiking and the company of friends. 


Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts from The University of Auckland
  • Registered Patent Attorney-New Zealand & Australia
  • Registered Patent Attorney-United Kingdom
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA – UK)

Industry specialty

  • Electronics
  • Health technology
  • Mechanical
  • Software


  • Patents
  • Designs
  • IP Strategy
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Portfolio Management


Geoff has many years' experience as a patent attorney in both New Zealand and the UK, including as inhouse counsel for the UK operations of Nortel Networks, Ericsson and NZ startup PowerbyProxi, which was recently acquired by Apple Inc. Geoff also worked in private practice in London for a number of years, including as a partner in the high-tech group of one of the UK’s largest firms of patent attorneys.