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Keep ahead of the game when it comes to copycats.

Copyright law is complex but has an important role to play in protecting a wide range of innovation. New Zealand copyright law differs from that in most international markets as it gives copyright owners enforcement options they do not have elsewhere, particularly in relation to ‘industrially applied’ copyright works.  Further, restrictions on patenting software in New Zealand make copyright a vital IP tool.  These unique elements of New Zealand IP law make it essential that you work with copyright specialists who understand how to navigate the options, and how to leverage and enforce copyright rights.

James & Wells’ copyright experts have been involved in leading copyright cases at all levels of the New Zealand court system, including the seminal Henkel vs Holdfast cases which provided the modern roadmap for copyright claims. We have successfully acted in copyright cases across a wide range of industries, from furniture, clothing, software, agricultural machinery, packaging, to educational resources.  

Our Team can help with all aspects of copyright law in New Zealand, Australia and internationally, including: ownership, commercialisation, enforcement, and border protection measures (including customs notices).

Key people

Championing originality? This is the team to make it happen.

Sébastien Aymeric, Auckland

Senior Associate

Copyright clients

We've helped these clients make their mark on the world.

What people say
"James & Wells have applied their strong expertise in confidential information and industrial copyright law to our highly technical products and our unique situation.  This has given us the confidence to take the necessary steps to protect our most valuable assets."
Tony Messenger, Founder and Director - Nuphlo Pumps Ltd
"The team thinks outside the box and has a comprehensive understanding of various exceptions but particularly those relevant to CLNZ's licensees in the education sector. Opinions are always delivered on time & with a smile!"
Paula Browning, Chief Executive - Copyright Licensing New Zealand