The New Zealand Institute
of Patent Attorneys, Inc


The Council, under the rules, manage the affairs of the Institute. The Council comprises a President, a Vice-President and 6 other Fellows. Council is elected each year (generally in November) at the Annual General Meeting, with all councillors being eligible for re-election except the President after a two-year term as such.

Council meets monthly in either Wellington or Auckland throughout the year.

The current council of NZIPA is detailed below.

Penny Catley

President, NZIPA
Baldwins, Wellington Office

Penny joined the Wellington Office of Baldwins in August 2003 as a partner, after practicing commercial intellectual property for 11 years. She became registered as a Patent Attorney in New Zealand in 1992.

Penny has a law degree and is also a Barrister and Solicitor.

Penny advises on trade mark and brand protection issues, copyright and Fair Trading Act, commercial agreements including franchising and licensing.

Penny is also a registered Patent Attorney in Australia and a member of a IPSANZ.

Matt Adams

Vice President, NZIPA
A J Park, Wellington Office

Matt has been with A J Park in the engineering and information communication technology team since 2000. He qualified as a Patent Attorney in 1997 and became a partner of the firm in April 2002.

Matt has a Masters in Computer Science, a law degree and is also a Barrister and Solicitor.

Matt specialises in the protection, registration and licensing of patents in the computer and information technology fields. Matt is also a copyright specialist.

Matt is a member of the Wellington District Law Society, the Institute of Patent Attorneys of Australia as well as a member of several special interest groups in the software field. Matt is also a committee member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Elena Szentivanyi

Council, NZIPA
Henry Hughes, Wellington Office

Elena has been with Henry Hughes since 1992 and became a principal in 2002. She specialises in trade marks and domain names.

As well as being registered as both a New Zealand and an Australian Patent Attorney, Elena completed her graduate certificate in Trade Mark law and is a registered Trade Mark Attorney in Australia.

Elena’s practice covers the development, establishment, management, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Elena belongs to the New Zealand Law Society, and has membership of several other overseas related organisations including INTA, IPSANZ and APAA.

Tom Robertson

Council, NZIPA
Pipers, Lower Hutt Office

Tom joined Pipers in 2002 and qualified as a Patent Attorney in 2003. Tom has been working in the Intellectual Property field since 1986 and is experienced in all Intellectual Property matters. Tom works in all areas of patent, trademark & designs law including due diligence, Patent searching, drafting and Intellectual Property legal opinion work.

Along with Tom’s substantial New Zealand IP experience Tom has also worked in Brisbane Australia where he developed and gained an extensive and first hand knowledge of Australian Intellectual Property. Tom is also a registered Patent Attorney in Australia

Tom is a member IPSANZ, APAA & BNI.

Britta Fromow

Council, NZIPA
Catalyst IP, Wellington Office

Britta is a partner at Catalyst Intellectual Property, having worked in the intellectual property field since 2001. She qualified as a Patent Attorney in 2004 and specialises in helping her clients to protect and commercialise their intellectual property rights, particularly in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering. Britta is also an expert in copyright and registered designs.

Britta is also a member of the New Zealand Law Society, IPSANZ, LESI and FICPI.

chris way

Council, NZIPA
Baldwins, Auckland Office

Chris has worked in the profession since 1998 and is a partner at Baldwins. He joined the firm in 2006 after moving from the UK where he was a UK and European patent attorney. Chris was registered as a New Zealand patent attorney in 2008 and is also an Australian patent attorney. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science (Management of Intellectual Property Law).

Chris advises a broad range of local and overseas clients in protecting and commercialising their IP particularly in the mechanical, electronics and computer-related areas. This includes consideration of design and copyright protection and he also has some trade mark experience.

Damon Butler

Council, NZIPA
AJ Park, Auckland Office

Damon is a partner at AJ Park and has worked in the intellectual property field since 1998.Damon is a Barrister and Solicitor and Registered Patent Attorney.Damon specialises in advising a broad range of New Zealand and overseas clients on all aspects of trade mark law and practice.

NZIPA representatives on IPONZ Technical Focus Groups

Trade marks TFG Representative

Tom Robertson

Pipers, Lower Hutt Office

Hearings TFG Representative

Barbara Sullivan

Henry Hughes, Wellington


Patents TFG Reporter

Duncan de Geest

AJ Park, Wellington


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