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Jason Wach

Senior Associate

Jason is an experienced intellectual property litigator. As a member of the Auckland Litigation Team, his practice includes patent infringement, trade mark opposition, validity and infringement, copyright infringement, copyright licensing, counterfeiting, trade secrets and restraints of trade, patent opposition, misleading and deceptive conduct, domain name disputes, mediation and general commercial disputes.

Jason is passionate about pursuing his clients’ interests and is comfortable with technical subject matter.  He has appeared as counsel in the trade marks and patent offices, District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal.

Jason also advises on legislative compliance, and general commercial matters, including branding, intellectual property licensing, and manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements. He has extensive experience in securing the registration of trade marks both within New Zealand and in numerous international jurisdictions.

Outside of work Jason enjoys spending time with his three kids, listening to good music, eating great food, and playing the guitar.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Industry specialty

  • ICT software
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Music recording industry
  • Music technology
  • Fast moving consumer goods
  • Food and beverage
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Agricultural technology
  • Creative/Design/Media (creative industries)
  • Natural products


  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Commercial and intellectual property agreements
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Copyright
  • Designs - stylish products
  • Domain name disputes
  • E-commerce and domain names - website
  • Fair trading in New Zealand
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Litigation
  • Patent infringement
  • Trade marks


Jason commenced practice as a litigator in November 2007. He joined James & Wells in mid-2016 after having worked for the previous five years as a barrister employed by one of New Zealand’s leading QC’s in the field of intellectual property. He has also held roles in the litigation teams of two leading Auckland law firms.