New Zealand: Promotions at JAWS
Last Updated: 17 April 2013

Some of the best and brightest from the team at James & Wells Intellectual Property have recently been moved up the ranks.

Associate Jared Millar has become Senior Associate in the Hamilton Patents team. With James & Wells since 2004, Jared is a registered patent1 attorney with experience across a wide range of industries including animal health, construction equipment and accessories, dairying and farming technology.

Justin Sweetman and Sarah Harrison in the Auckland office, join Jared in being promoted to Senior Associate. With more than a decade in the biotech industry before joining James & Wells, Justin is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a host of high-tech areas including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, health care products, food science and agricultural technology. With his name on three published2 patents, he's got an intimate understanding of the patenting process from woe to go,

Sarah's had extensive experience managing trade mark portfolios for leading New Zealand companies of all sizes, specialising in a vast range of trademark advice. She helps clients with the protection, maintenance and enforcement of their brands both in New Zealand and globally. Sarah is particularly interested in helping ensure clients achieve their strategic objectives on a commercial footing as well as a legal one.

Ben Cain's broad range of expertise has been acknowledged with a promotion to Associate in the Auckland Litigation Team. Ben's specialties include registered and common law trademark rights, domain names, copyright rights, registered design rights and confidentiality of information. Armed with 20 years experience in a range of commercial roles, Ben is also an Accredited LEADR Mediator, with expertise in sorting out sticky IP3 disputes.

Jason Tuck of the Hamilton Patents team also becomes an Associate. Jason is a registered patent attorney with a particular interest in electromechanical technologies, but works with clients in a number of industries. These clients range from Fortune 250 companies to individuals, each having unique needs with regard to strategy and preferred case management.

Footnotes

1A proprietary right in an invention which provides the owner with an exclusive right for up to 20 years to make, sell, use or import the invention. In exchange for this monopoly the patent is published so that others can see how the invention works and build on that knowledge. The patented invention may also be used by the public once the patent lapses.

2At some point a patent application is published, meaning its contents are available for anyone to read. In New Zealand publication occurs when a patent application is accepted. However, in most countries publication occurs 18 months after the application is filed.

3Refers 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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