Council and TFG reps

Council

The Council, under the rules, manage the affairs of the Institute. The Council comprises a President, a Vice-President and 7 other Fellows.Council is elected each year 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.


Tom Robertson

President, NZIPA
Pipers, Lower Hutt Office

Email trobertson@piperpat.com

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


Vice President, NZIPA

James & Wells, Wellington Office

Email britta.fromow@jamesandwells.com

Britta is a consultant at James & Wells, 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 LawSociety, IPSANZ, and FICPI.


Andrew Scott

Council, NZIPA
James & Wells, Christchurch Office

Email andrews@jaws.co.nz

Andrew worked for Davies Collison Cave (Australia) for 8 years before commencing with James & Wells in Christchurch, where he has lived for the past 6 years. He is passionate about providing solid, commercially relevant intellectual property strategies to reduce environmental impact, improve human and animal health, develop high-tech devices and build infrastructure for the future.

Andrew has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law.


Duncan de Geest

Council, NZIPA
AJ Park, Wellington Office

Email duncan.degeest@ajpark.com

Duncan joined AJ Park’s Wellington office in 2001. He registered as a Patent Attorney in 2004 and is also a Barrister and Solicitor.

A patent law specialist with particular expertise in the area of chemical innovations, Duncan advises a wide range of New Zealand and international clients. He has a BSc (Hons) and PhD in chemistry.

Duncan is a member of the Wellington District Law Society, the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. He regularly attends meetings of other intellectual property focussed organisations, including IPSANZ and IPO.


Stephanie Grant

COUNCIL, NZIPA
Wellington 


Email stephanie.grant@southerncrossip.com

Stephanie is a Senior Associate at Southern Cross Intellectual Property Limited.  Stephanie started her IP career in 2011 at Baldwins Intellectual Property and subsequently spent five years in-house at Victoria Link Limited (now Wellington UniVentures), the commercialisation office of Victoria University of Wellington. Stephanie is a registered Trans-Tasman patent attorney and has a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of York, UK, and a BSc(Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug design from the University of the West of Scotland (formerly University of Paisley), UK.


Victoria Argyle

Council, NZIPA
AJ Park, Auckland Office

Email victoria.argyle@ajpark.com

Dr Victoria Argyle is Senior Associate in the Litigation team at AJ Park and a registered patent attorney (New Zealand and Australia). Immediately prior to joining AJPark, Victoria practiced as an employed Barrister with Andrew Brown QC and acted as Junior Counsel on patent opposition and revocation matters, and trademark opposition matters before IPONZ. Prior to joining Andrew’s practice, Victoria worked as a patent attorney with Baldwins Intellectual Property in the ChemBio team.


Rachel McDonald

COUNCIL, NZIPA
McDonald Ironside, AUCKLAND 

Email rachel@ironsidemcdonald.com

Rachel has a wealth of knowledge in trade marks and beyond. She has a proven track record of providing senior level IP advice.

Rachel is registered as a Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and Australian Trade Marks Attorney. She specialises in trade mark development, protection and enforcement in Australasia and worldwide.

Previously, Rachel was a Senior Associate at another intellectual property firm. For five years, she ran a trade mark team at this location.


Jon Ashen
COUNCIL, NZIPA
Blue Penguin IP, Wellington

Email jon.ashen@bpip.nz

Jon has 16 years Patent Attorney experience in New Zealand and Australia.

He has previously worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Intellectual Property Office New Zealand.

Jon is a specialist in biological patent matters including plant variety rights (PVR). Jon has BA (Hons), MSc, PhD and is a Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia).



Kylie Jenner
COUNCIL, NZIPA
AJ Park, Auckland

Email kylie.jenner@ajpark.com

Kylie is a Trade Mark Executive at AJ Park, and a registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney. In 2007, she started her IP career at AJ Park in trade marks before spending 10 years in their change management and training team.

Returning to their trade mark team in 2018, Kylie specialises in trade mark development and protection in Australasia and worldwide.

Kylie has a Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and is a qualified legal executive.



Elena Szentivanyi

Immediate Past President
Henry Hughes, Wellington Office

Email elena@henryhughes.co.nz


NZIPA representatives on IPONZ Technical Focus Groups

Trade marks TFG Representative

Tom Robertson

Pipers, Lower Hutt Office
Email trobertson@piperpat.com

Hearings TFG Representative

Elena Szentivanyi

Henry Hughes, Wellington

Email elena@henryhughes.co.nz

Patents TFG Reporter

Duncan de Geest

AJ Park, Wellington

Email duncan.degeest@ajpark.com

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