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Richard Clement

Senior Associate

Richard is one of James & Wells’ mechanical engineering experts. Based in the Auckland Patents Team, his expertise includes the medical device, agri-tech, mechanical, and mechatronic industries.

Richard prepares, files and prosecutes patent and design applications in New Zealand and internationally. He provides advice to smart innovators in relation to infringement, freedom to operate and patentability, intellectual property due diligence and patent opposition proceedings.

When he is not in the office, Richard spends his spare time tinkering with hobby electronics. He’s also keen on getting outdoors and riding either his motorbike or mountain bike or going for a swim. He also enjoys playing the guitar and drums. .

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA) and member of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS)

Industry specialty

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


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


Before joining James & Wells in 2016, Richard worked at another large New Zealand intellectual property firm. He has also worked at the University of Auckland in the Energy and Fuels Research Laboratory, which has provided a comprehensive understanding of the R&D process.