Intellectual property

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Focused intellectual property strategies that protect, defend and exploit

Chapman Tripp has the most experienced intellectual property (IP) team of all New Zealand’s full service law firms. Our lawyers know what it takes to protect a great idea or research breakthrough, and have the best strategies to license and commercialise your intellectual property.

Along with considerable expertise in the design and execution of IP commercialisation, our team has a busy copyright, trade marks and patent practice.  We help clients fend off attempts to infringe on their intellectual property and we're skilled in implementing effective anti-piracy and border protection campaigns.

We work for the most significant investors and IP owners across New Zealand’s economy.

Recommended for intellectual property work by independent legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.



We have advised

  • the Motion Picture Association of America – Counsel to the Motion Picture Association of America in copyright and asset freezing litigation against notorious internet entrepreneur “Kim Dotcom”
  • Allegion – Counsel to Allegion, a global industrial company, in High Court patent proceedings brought by Swedish multi-national, Assa Abloy, relating to security product technology
  • Standards Australia, the nation's peak non-government Standards organization, on its licensing and copyright arrangements with Standards New Zealand
  • Microsoft on its anti-piracy and copyright enforcement programme in New Zealand, and during its engagement with New Zealand Government agencies over recent patent reform where, among other changes, the New Zealand parliament significantly amended New Zealand law on the patentability of software
  • Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse company in the world, on its New Zealand action to revoke a TEAYANA mark to make way for the development of its TEAVANA brand name (a specialist tea and tea accessory retailer) in New Zealand and elsewhere around the world
  • Energizer, the American multinational manufacturer of batteries and personal care products, in an advertising claim against Proctor & Gamble over the use of the All Blacks imagery and endorsement
  • production house Pukeko Pictures on its co-production and distribution arrangements with ITV, for the forthcoming television series Thunderbirds are Go!
  • Television New Zealand (TVNZ) on the transfer of its Archives Facility and Archives Collection, which holds all of the audio-visual materials that have been broadcast by TVNZ and its predecessors since broadcasting began in New Zealand, including valuable intellectual property; and advising TVNZ on the copyright issues and commercial options associated with copyright in TV listings in light of the rising significance of electronic programme guide technology
  • on the intellectual property and regulatory aspects of Capital Royalty's US$10m investment in AFT Pharmaceuticals 
  • the GS group of companies on a range of intellectual property issues including copyright infringement and licensing arrangements for logos and trade marks (including negotiating a licence agreement with Hyundai Motor Company for the HYUNDAI brand in New Zealand and licensing arrangements with various financial institutions for branded finance offerings)
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand’s subsidiary EFTPOS New Zealand, on a contentious copyright claim against PC-Eftpos
  • Wing Hung, one of the world’s largest printing companies and other related entities in the source mark labelling industry on a multimillion dollar trade secret dispute currently pending before the New Zealand High Court
  • Israeli company, Makhteshim-Agan, a global manufacturer and distributor of branded off-patent pesticides, in a New Zealand patent dispute with Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agribusiness companies with operations in over 90 countries 
  • SKYCITY on patent issues associated with the development and commercialisation of casino card games across SKYCITY’s casino network
  • on the intellectual property aspects of Hellaby Holdings’ NZ$73m acquisition of an 85% stake in Contract Resources, a New Zealand-founded oil and gas services company
  • MasterCard on its licensing arrangements with Air New Zealand for the OneSmart Airpoints™ Card 
  • Independent Liquor on various licensing arrangements with global brands for the licensing of trade marks and other intellectual property in New Zealand, including the vodka brand STOLICHNAYA 
  • Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) on the preparation and roll out of its licensing arrangements with independent licensees who operate various FYD programmes under the FYD umbrella
  • on successful trade mark registration of the colour blue for ANZ Bank New Zealand
  • a large New Zealand liquor retailer on a trade mark dispute and opposition where we successfully defeated the Scotch Whisky Association’s contention that the client’s “MacGowan” trade mark was confusingly associated with scotch whisky manufacture and product lines
  • NYSE-listed Bally Technologies in a patent dispute involving matters pending before the Court of Nevada, USA, the New Zealand High Court and the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office
  • Procter & Gamble companies on the design and implementation of a New Zealand border protection strategy

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