Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Paul SumpterPaul Sumpter

Paul Sumpter

Paul Sumpter


M:+64 27 295 5077

T:+64 9 358 9832


F:+64 9 357 9099



BA, Canterbury University MA (Hons), LLB, University of Auckland LLM, University of London


1977 New Zealand, 2000 New South Wales, Australia


Paul specialises in intellectual property law.

Paul has more than 35 years' experience advising clients in both litigation and the commercial aspects of intellectual property including trade mark conflicts, copyright infringement, trade secrets, patents and licensing. 

He concurrently holds a senior academic position at The University of Auckland in the Faculty of Law where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate intellectual property law.  He also teaches a biotechnology intellectual property law course for post-graduate science students.

Paul was appointed to the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand in 2004. He serves on the Trans-Tasman committee of the Intellectual Property Society of New Zealand and Australia (IPSANZ), and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) committee for legislation issues. He is a registered patent attorney and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Paul is the author of Trade Marks in Practice (LexisNexis, 2011, 2nd edition); a commentary on the New Zealand Trade Marks Act 2002; and Intellectual Property: Principles in Practice (CCH, 2013, 2nd edition).


Paul has advised:

  • clients including Microsoft Corporation, NZ Post and Spark (formerly Telecom) on digital copyright issues
  • on submissions on behalf of the NZLS for new intellectual property legislation including patent, trade mark and copyright reforms, and
  • public and private sector clients across the economy including Eveready Battery Company, Schick, ACP Media, Westpac, ANZCO, Readers Digest, Vector and ANZ on trade mark, patent, design and copyright issues.