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John Mansell

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

John is one clever cookie. Speaking of cookies, you should speak to John if you are in the business of cookies or anything food and beverage related, as John is a member of our ‘Food and Beverage Innovation’ team.  His expertise also includes biotechnology, which sees John fit nicely into our ‘Life Sciences’ team.

Outside of the office, John keeps busy playing squash, reading, running and listening to music. Learning how to dive is his next challenge.


Qualifications and memberships

•  BSc (Hons), University of Otago

•  PhD, University of Otago

•  LLB, University of Auckland

•  Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)

•  Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Industry specialty

  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Clean technology
  • Food and beverage
  • Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics
  • Health technology
  • Medical devices
  • Mechanical
  • Natural products


  • Patents
  • Freedom to operate
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Portfolio management
  • Education
  • Due diligence
  • Commercialisation
  • Competitive intelligence


With 15 years’ experience at top IP firm AJ Park, John knows how to make ideas come to life.  He has the connections, the skills, and the know how to take your innovative idea to market.

John specialises in managing intellectual property portfolios including preparing, prosecuting, and enforcing intellectual property rights, focusing on the biotechnology, food technologies, genomics, metabolomics, and proteomics fields. He also helps clients identify and assess risks to their business, develop and implement intellectual property strategies, and carry out due diligence.

He has the qualifications to back him up with a PhD in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston.

To top off some pretty amazing qualifications, he also holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand.