Chris heads the intellectual property team and has a widely recognised IP practice internationally. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP through its life cycle including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation.
With more than 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of Chris’ practice. Chris brings his extensive commercial IP expertise to advise and develop strategy for a wide range of corporate transactions including joint ventures, licensing and other collaborations, as well as the impact on taking security over IP.
Chris also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and developing strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands, and handling counterfeits. He is experienced in commercial law, franchising, sponsorship, marketing, advertising, consumer protection franchising, sponsorship and other regulatory areas.
Chris has experience in IP disputes, co-ordinates litigation strategy and provides both strategic and technical advice to clients.
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand
New Zealand Biotech Industry Organisation