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Simpson Grierson

Intellectual Property

1 ranked lawyersBand 1New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Broad practice representing clients in complex contentious matters including patent and trade mark matters concerning infringement, unauthorised use and passing off. Also advises on IP exploitation and commercialisation, including brand expansion and reviews, divestments and licensing deals. Sought-after expertise in online copyright matters, including in relation to rebroadcasting and internet streaming. Offers significant international presence, including key experience in the UK and the Pacific Islands.

Strengths

According to one client, the firm provides "well thought-out advice with thorough internal consultation."

Work highlights

Advised bed products manufacturer New Zealand Comfort Group on the expansion, licensing and commercialisation of its brands both at home and in such jurisdictions as Australia and China.

Notable practitioners

Richard Watts acts for clients from diverse industries on significant contentious and non-contentious trade mark and other IP asset mandates. One source, who praises his "unparalleled legal knowledge and ability to pursue commercial objectives for clients," goes on to add: "He provides the full package from our perspective, and we are always very pleased with the service provided."

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Intellectual Property


Richard Watts
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