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James & Wells gains international acclaim

Posted: 13th April 2016 12:39

National intellectual property firm James & Wells has scooped a host of international awards, recognising the expertise of their litigation, patent and trade mark practices, including a spot in the prestigious World Trade Mark Review annual edition.

The firm secured a silver ranking, with judges commenting that James & Wells “has successfully established itself as a progressive, value-adding option for rights holders of all stripes.”

Litigation partner Ian Finch received a silver ranking for enforcement and litigation, with managing partner Carrick Robinson securing a silver ranking for prosecution and strategy.

“Hamilton-headquartered Ian Finch never shies away from the heat of battle, while former accountant Carrick Robinson has sound business sense with a keen eye for detail”, judges said.

Ian was also ranked in the 8th edition of Best Lawyers in New Zealand, for excellence in intellectual property law. Best Lawyers is the oldest guide to the legal profession, with winners selected by a peer-based research process.

Continuing his winning streak, Ian secured a notable mention in the Chambers and Partners Guide. First ranked by the guide in 2012, judges commented he “is well regarded for his skill advising clients on contentious matters such as trade mark infringement, cybersquatting and misuse of confidential information disputes. He is also recognised for his patent expertise and IP portfolio management advice”.

The firm’s patent practice secured recognition, with Auckland-based patents partner Jason Rogers ranked by Corporate LiveWire’s Global Awards 2016 in the field of biotech and pharma, and Associate Zhi Ling Zheng by Who’s Who Legal’s 2016 Patents edition.

Asia IP listed James & Wells as New Zealand’s leader in copyright, and Corporate Intl Magazine ranked the firm as ‘IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand’ and ‘Specialist Trademark Advisory Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand’.

James & Wells were also awarded ‘Best Commercial IP Advisory Firm - New Zealand’ by Acquisition International’s OffShore Excellence awards, and were recognised by the Client Choice Awards for exceptional client service.

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