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Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with intellectual property disputes, litigation and matters brought before tribunals such as IPONZ.

They’ve got the expertise and experience to tackle matters at all levels of the New Zealand court system and have a CV of impressive IP cases to prove it. 

Our team can provide you with advice and representation in relation to:

  • Opposition and revocation proceedings relating to patents, trade marks and designs 
  • Infringement proceedings
  • Consumer protection legislation
  • Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement strategies
  • Dispute resolution concerning ownership of IP
  • Local and international domain name disputes

When the need arises, our team favours alternative dispute resolution and they have extensive experience in both mediation and arbitration.

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbour's to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough." - Abraham Lincoln

Key people

Whichever side of the law you find yourself on, you want these guys on your team.

Ben Cain, Hamilton, Tauranga

Senior Associate

Litigation clients

These clients have called on us to tackle their litigation.

What people say
"Intellectual property disputes and the attendant litigation are seldom easy or pleasant experiences. My Company’s experience with James & Wells was exemplary and we are best pleased with the results they achieved on our behalf."
Dave Kenyon, Director - Rotating Machinery Limited
"We have been helped by James & Wells dealing with a couple of intellectual property issues in local and overseas in last five years. We are very pleased with the results they achieved on our behalf. "
Tony Gong - Cambricare New Zealand Limited
"Although litigation is something best avoided, I would have no hesitation working with Ian and his team again and highly recommend others work with James & Wells for their intellectual property protection. Keep up the excellent work James & Wells."
Kevin Chubb, Managing Director - TRT Tidd Ross Todd Limited
"Ian Finch and his team expertly navigated us through the litigation process. The result was better than we could have expected had we pursued the matter to full trial and we can now move forward and grow our business with certainty."
Ramendra Narayen, National Manager - HRV Heat Recovery Ventilation
"James & Wells pursued an application by our competitor to the Commissioner of Trade Marks for a Declaration of Invalidity on our behalf. The result was a Direction that our trade mark remain on the register for all services for which it was registered with costs awarded to us as Owners."
Matt Hence - Shop Direct Lifestyle Limited