Paul Sumpter

Paul Sumpter

Paul Sumpter

Consultant, Auckland

Intellectual property

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T:+64 9 358 9832

M:+64 27 295 5077

E:paul.sumpter@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

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

Admitted

1977 New Zealand; 2000 New South Wales

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). 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, 2015, 3rd edition); a commentary on the New Zealand Trade Marks Act 2002; and Intellectual Property: Principles in Practice (CCH, 2013, 2nd edition).

Recent experience 

Paul has advised:

  • private sector clients across the economy including Energiser, Schick, ACP Media (now Bauer), ANZCO, Readers Digest, Vector, Blackberry, Starbucks and international law firms on trade mark issues
  • in relation to submissions on behalf of the NZLS for new intellectual property legislation including patent, trade mark and copyright reforms, and
  • on copyright and patent disputes handled by the firm’s intellectual property team.
Intellectual property; Litigation & dispute resolution

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