Henry Hughes Patent &
Trade Mark Attorneys

From start-ups and SMEs through to global businesses we will work with you to ensure that you have the right protection for your valuable IP rights.

As New Zealand’s first firm of Patent Attorneys we have significant experience in all IP matters in New Zealand, Australia and across the Pacific Region. We have long standing relationships with like-minded attorneys around the world so that we can ensure that whatever your IP needs we can assist you to achieve your desired outcome. READ MORE

FREE 30 MIN CONSULTATION

We appreciate that there are many misconceptions and myths about IP.  To help you navigate your way through the minefield we offer new or prospective clients with a FREE 30 minute consultation on qualifying patent, trade mark, registered design matters.

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EXPERTISE

We specialise in intellectual property and we have significant expertise in identifying, registering and protecting all forms of IP rights in New Zealand, Australia and around the world.

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EXPERIENCE

We have experience across a broad range of industries and act for clients large and small in all areas of manufacturing, research, and various services. 

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PEOPLE

David Nowak

David Nowak

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  • Patent Drafting
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Opposition
  • Freedom to operate searches and opinions
  • Validity opinions
  • Prior Art searches

David is an expert in all matters relating to the Patents Act 2013 and led the Henry Hughes response to the regulations drafted under this Act.

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New to IP?

IP gives your business a creative edge and can become a valuable business asset. It is important to be aware of any IP rights that you may own or be entitled to and to take the necessary steps to protect these assets.

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EMAIL: hh@henryhughes.com

New Zealand
Level 9,
109 -125 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

Tel: (644) 381 6050


Latest News

12 December 2018

Amendments to the Patents Act 2013 mean that from 30 December 2018, a general grace period of 12 months will be provided for in New Zealand. There are some important points to note about this provision.

11 December 2018

On 30 December 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement will come into force. This means that some amendments to intellectual property laws set out in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Amendment Act 2018 will come into force the same day.

10 December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we wish to thank our wonderful clients for their support and instructions over the year. We also wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Read on for Christmas / New Year closure dates for IPONZ, IP Australia and our office.

   

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Our People

Barbara Sullivan

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  • Trade marks
  • Passing Off
  • Fair Trading Act
  • Copyright
  • Searches & Investigations
  • Border Protection
  • IP Enforcement
  • Licensing
  • Submissions on proposed legislation

Barbara Sullivan is a Director of Henry Hughes Law Ltd and a consultant to Henry Hughes IP Ltd. Barbara has more than 25 years extensive experience advising global and national clients.

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BelindaMcGuigan

Belinda McGuigan

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  • Patents
  • Trade Marks

Belinda prepares and files patent and trade mark applications in Australia and New Zealand and provides secretarial support.

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David Moore

David Moore

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  • Trade marks
  • Copyright
  • IP enforcement
  • Confidential information and privacy
  • Consumer law
  • Licensing
  • Assignments and transfers of IP

David Moore has been an Intellectual Property practitioner for over 15 years. He has practised in the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

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David Nowak

David Nowak

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  • Patent Drafting
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Opposition
  • Freedom to operate searches and opinions
  • Validity opinions
  • Prior Art searches

David is an expert in all matters relating to the Patents Act 2013 and led the Henry Hughes response to the regulations drafted under this Act.

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Elena Szentivanyi

Elena Szentiványi

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  • Trade Marks
  • IP strategy
  • IP enforcement
  • Audits
  • Searches
  • Border Protection
  • Oppositions and revocations

Elena is a Director of Henry Hughes IP Ltd with over 20 years’ experience working with local and global businesses.

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Frank Callus

Frank Callus

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  • Patents
  • Copyright

Frank works with a network of global colleagues and experts to service a wide range of clients. His major focus is in the area of patents (mechanical engineering & chemistry), and trade marks.

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Helen Lyon

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  • Designs
  • Trade Marks
  • Searches
  • Renewals
  • Assignments

Helen is a qualified Legal Executive assisting both Elena Szentivanyi and Mark Eftimov. Helen has over 30 years’ experience in trade mark and design matters. 

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Jesse Strafford

Jesse Strafford

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  • Patents
  • Copyright

Jesse works with principals and other professional staff drafting, filing and prosecuting patents, particularly in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and mechanical fields.

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Julie Andrews

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  • Patents

With over 30 years’ experience as a patent/legal secretary, including at other firms in both Sydney and Wellington, Julie’s role is focussed on patent prosecution and transactional work.

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Kay Parsons

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  • Patents

Kay is a qualified Legal Executive who has worked at Henry Hughes for 21 years. She provides patent support primarily to Frank Callus. 

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Our Expertise

Patents

Do you have an invention to protect? Our patent attorneys can assist you with searches and advice, drafting of specifications, as well as filing and prosecution of New Zealand and foreign patent applications...

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Designs

Have you given a product a new look? Talk to us if you want expert advice on registering your design in New Zealand and other countries, including searching, filing and prosecuting design applications...

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Trade Marks

Do you want your goods or services to stand out in the marketplace? We are the people to see for advice, searches, and assistance registering your trade mark in New Zealand and your overseas markets...

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Copyright

We can help you with advice on copyright, including how to license your copyright works in New Zealand and other countries...

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Searches and Investigations

We undertake a wide range of searches in relation to intellectual property rights, including clearance, novelty, and freedom to operate searches, as well as enquiries as to whether a trade mark is being used in New Zealand...

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Border Protection

Do you want to prevent counterfeit goods from being imported into New Zealand? We can give you advice and lodge Border Protection Notices with the New Zealand Customs Service...

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Dispute Resolution

It is a fact of life - where there is value this is likely to be disputes. There are many ways in which a dispute with a third party can be resolved, be that by proceedings before the Commissioner, litigation or agreement...

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Domain Names

Is there an domain name that you want? We can assist you in determining whether your trade mark is registrable as a domain name in the .nz domain. We have been successful in retrieving domain names that have been improperly registered by third parties...

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Licensing & Tech Transfer

Talk to us if you want advice or assistance licensing your intellectual property rights, including the right to use an invention, design, trade mark or copyright work in New Zealand...

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Plant Variety Rights (PVR)

Do you have a unique plant variety? We can assist you in the protection of your plant variety including searching and registration in New Zealand and overseas...

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Enforcement

It is necessary to monitor and protect your IP rights. As a full service IP firm, we can develop a suitable enforcement strategy which may include watching briefs, border protection notices, oppositions, revocations, and litigation...

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Protecting Your IP Internationally

Our attorneys are registered in Australia and we routinely file and prosecute patents, trade marks and designs directly with IP Australia.

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Submissions on Proposed Legislation in NZ

We have assisted in the preparation of submissions to Parliament in relation to proposed legislation. We appeared before the Commerce Select Committee on behalf of INTA (International Trade Marks Association) to present submissions on the Trade Marks Bill 2001 (which was enacted as the Trade Marks Act 2002). 

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property or IP refers to a range of rights protecting intangible property that is the result of creativity such as patents or trade marks or copyrights.

IP gives your business a creative edge and can become a valuable business asset. It is important to be aware of any IP rights that you may own or be entitled to and to take the necessary steps to protect these assets.

If you wish to launch a new product or brand you should consult with a patent attorney to ascertain if there are any means of protection open to you and to ensure that what you wish to do does not infringe any party's existing rights.

If you have developed a product or method then you may be entitled to patent and/or design protection. If you have come up with a new brand name or logo you may be entitled to trade mark protection.

You will find more specific information about the various types of IP in our beginners’ guides. If you have any further questions, contact us at: hh@henryhughes.com

Contact

Mailing address:

PO Box 356
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Courier address:

Kordia House
Level 9
109 - 125 Willis Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Tel: (+644) 381 6050

Fax: (+644) 381 6501

Email: hh@henryhughes.com

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