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Richard Clement

Senior Associate

Richard’s our mechanical engineering expert. Well what can we say, with over 15 years’ experience practicing in IP (not to mention a hands-on background in R&D) it’s fair enough to say he deserves the title. 

He’s an advocate for ensuring Kiwi innovators make the most of their ideas, working alongside them as a Senior Associate in our Auckland-based patents team to protect and leverage their inventions. 

As to be expected from an engineer, his spare time involves tinkering with hobby electronics. He’s also keen on getting outdoors and riding his motorbike or his mountain bike, or going for a swim. Another string to his bow is his musical talent, in particular playing the guitar and drums.


  • ME (Mech)
  • LLB
  • Registered Patent Attorney – New Zealand and Australia
  • Barrister and Solicitor

Industry specialty

  • Agribusiness
  • Clean technology
  • Electronics
  • Health technology
  • Mechanical


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

Credentials & experience

The mechanical, mechatronic and agri-tech industries are what make Richard tick.

On a day-to-day basis Richard prepares, files and prosecutes patent and design applications. He also provides advice to smart innovators based locally or abroad in relation to infringement, freedom to operate and patentability.

In his life before James & Wells, Richard worked in one of New Zealand’s largest IP firms and also completed a stint at the University of Auckland’s Energy and Fuels Research Lab.  

Richard’s office wall is home to a fair share of qualifications with a Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Laws. He’s a Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand and a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Industry recognition

Richard’s a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA), an affiliate member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) and a member of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS).