New Zealand: Did you know... James & Wells made the Winners Category in the Chambers Asia – Pacific 2012 China Awards?
Last Updated: 12 March 2012

These prestigious international awards recognise the achievements of local and international firms across 20 practice areas globally.

James & Wells Success on the International Stage
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 ranks the legal markets in 33 jurisdictions and in a range of practice areas. Here's what the judges said about James & Well Intellectual Property1 Award Win.


THE FIRM This energetic boutique focuses primarily on domestic clients. It has four offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch, providing extensive geographical reach, and earns impressive praise for the speed and quality of its service. Highlights include the ongoing anti-piracy enforcement for the Motion Picture Association of America and the New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Sources say: "They keep it real, understanding what we're trying to achieve locally, and also our model on the international level." "Their key strength is identifying new developments and telling us what could be useful IP-wise."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ian Finch is based in the firm's Auckland office and a leading authority on IP enforcement. Clients describe him as "a clear-thinking, experienced, pragmatic and tough litigator, who is not fazed by anything." Simon Rowell advised Healthy Food Guide International on the licensing of its Healthy Food Guide publication to London-based Eye to Eye Media, with the aim of creating a British edition. According to sources, he is "a very client-focused and responsive operator, who is good to deal with and has an excellent understanding of commercial operations."


1Refers to the ownership of an intangible thing - the innovative idea behind a new technology, product, process, design or plant variety, and other intangibles such as trade secrets, goodwill and reputation, and trade marks. Although intangible, the law recognises intellectual property as a form of property which can be sold, licensed, damaged or trespassed upon. Intellectual property encompasses patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

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