The New Zealand Institute
of Patent Attorneys, Inc

 Honorary Members

Honorary Membership is awarded to distinguished individuals who from their past contribution to advancing the objects of the Institute are deserving of the highest honour of the Institute.  

Our Honorary members are:

Justice Brendan Brown

Justice Brown graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 1976. After employment as a law clerk at Brockett Cameron & Co in Christchurch, he joined the Wellington firm Bell Gully as a solicitor. He became a Bell Gully partner in 1982.

Justice Brown commenced practice as a barrister sole in 1992. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997, practising from Thomas More Chambers and specialising in intellectual property law, competition law, taxation and Treaty of Waitangi issues.

Justice Brown was counsel assisting the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification in 2000. 


Doug Calhoun

Doug joined AJ Park in 1974 where he was a partner fornearly 30 years.

He started life as a physical chemist but developed practices in two completely new areas. Biotechnology and plant variety rights. It was real pioneering work back then. Doug quickly assumed the title of ‘Mr plant variety rights’ in New Zealand.

Doug has had – and still has – on ongoing interest in thereform of IP legislation and related law. This means extensive legal research and lengthy submissions in response to Ministry papers, making submissions to Select Committees in Parliament and generally lobbying for change amongst public servants and politicians.

At one point he was an expert witness before the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification in 2001. His input was all about introducing good sense and judgement in an arena that some would say was lacking good sense and judgement.

Doug was president of NZIPA from November 1991 to November1993. He has edited the Patent Letter since 2006.


Bryan Thompson

Bryan joined AJ Park in 1971 where he was a partner for over 30 years.

His specialist areas include trade mark portfolio management, litigation in intellectual property, commercial licensing, copyright protection, and the law relating to unfair competition and restrictive trade practices.

He has been actively involved in advising the government on trade mark law reform, geographical indications and anti-counterfeiting.

Bryan was president of NZIPA from November 1997 to November1999. He has been chair of the exam board since 2004. He was also a hearings officer for many years.


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