New Zealand IP law firm James & Wells has continued its trans-Tasman expansion with the addition of a new partner in the firm’s Melbourne office. The press release from the firm, which now has seven offices across Australia and New Zealand, notes that Mark Williams, formerly of Allens in Melbourne, would focus on contentious and non-contention IP work.
The IP firm has 15 partners, lead by Managing Partner Tim Walden in Hamilton. It has opened new offices in the past couple of years following its acquisition of intellectual property firm, Innofy IP in Brisbane, Australia in 2020.
The firm has four partners in Brisbane, two in Melbourne and the remainder in the firm’s New Zealand offices.
The firm’s press release regarding its latest partner is below:
James & Wells – We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Williams as a Partner to lead our Australian trade mark practice.
Mark is an Australian lawyer and Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney, with nearly 30-years’ of experience in IP firms, and almost 20-years’ of trade mark experience with Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick and then Allens in Melbourne.
Having started initially in IP administration roles, Mark has a solid grounding in IP systems and practices and has gone on to build a very successful career in trade marks.
He advises on complex branding and trade mark issues, and has managed several noteworthy trade mark portfolios for clients including The Just Group and Jaguar Land Rover.
Mark specialises in both contentious and non-contentious trade mark work including trade mark clearance searching, infringement advice, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, foreign trade mark filing and protection strategies and initiating and defending trade mark opposition and removal actions.
“Mark will be a great addition to the James & Wells trade mark team. His specialist knowledge and experience in trade mark practice will be incredibly beneficial to our clients as we look to further build our trade mark footprint in the Australian market” says James & Wells Managing Partner, Tim Walden.
Mark is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).
“I’m really looking forward to building a strong Australian based trade marks team and practice with James & Wells. This is a very exciting time to be joining James & Wells as they continue to grow, and I can’t wait to get started” says Mark.
Mark joins the James & Wells Melbourne office on Monday 16 May 2022.