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Tim Walden


Tim is James & Wells Managing Partner. He is also responsible for James & Wells Commercial Law Team, is a member of the Hamilton Trade Marks team, and James & Wells ‘Food and Beverage Innovation’ team. He specialises in the software, technology, food, beverage, and nutraceutical sectors.

Managing large trade mark portfolios, completing clearance investigations for new brands, devising filing strategies, establishing brand ownership, and enforcing trade marks overseas are all part of Tim’s practice. 

Tim has an impressive list of clients including Xero Ltd, Vend, Prolife Foods Ltd, New Image Group,  Quantec Ltd, Dairy NZ, and Southern Produce.

Having worked with many global companies, Tim has invaluable business knowledge and experience which he utilises to help clients to leverage their intellectual property.

When he gets the chance to leave the office, he heads straight to the coast to unwind and go fishing.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Law  
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Qualified as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in Ireland
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA), a member of the New Zealand Law Society, and the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).

Industry specialty

  • Agribusiness
  • Creative/Design/Media
  • Food and beverage
  • ICT - software
  • Natural products


  • Trade marks
  • E-commerce and domain names 
  • Intellectual property strategy


Tim is an expert in international trade mark issues, having worked as an attorney in Europe dealing with the European Community Trade Mark Office and the International Trade Mark system (Madrid). 

But don't take our word for it

"Dunstan Nutrition Ltd has worked with Tim Walden over the past 4 months on aspects of branding strategies and trade marks. We have found Tim's advice and guidance invaluable. He has reinforced to us the value of protection of brands and trade marks and in so doing will have ensured the necessary commercial protection required to add value to the Company over time. Tim has always been very responsive and is a pleasure to deal with."

Martin Blampied, General Manager

"Tim has been handling all of our trademark registrations over the past few years.  Even with some of the trickier ones to negotiate, he has consistently managed to find a solution to get them registered."

Rod Claycomb, Managing Director

"I have been working with Tim for the last 2 years. He is very responsive to requests and everything is handled in an efficient manner. I also see Tim as always thinking about how to make things cost effective for us as a client."

Andrew Smith, CEO