Australasian intellectual Property firm AJ Park has announced the promotion of four lawyers to Principals and appointed a new Senior Associate to their team as of July 1 2019.
Jonathan Aumonier-Ward has been promoted to Principal. He is an experienced trade mark and copyright specialist, being recognised by the World Trademark Review as a leading IP practitioner in New Zealand.
Jonathan was admitted at the High Court in May 2001, with vast experience across the food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and ICT industries.
Kieran O’Connell has been promoted to Principal. Admitted at the High Court in 2003, he joined AJ Park in 2008 specialising in trademark and copyright.
Kieran’s clientele ranges local to international in spaces such as craft beer, organic foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. He also provided advice around the New Zealand flag debate.
Margot Smith has been promoted to Principal. A trade mark specialist, Margot works on trade marks and related IP rights within and beyond New Zealand in areas such as food and beverage, fast-moving consumer goods, luxury goods and building industries.
Admitted at the High Court July 2008, she also specialises in non-traditional trade marks including shape, colour and sound.
Matt Hayes has been promoted to Principal. A member of the litigation and disputes resolution team, Matt specialises in resolving disputes such as designs, misleading advertising and product claims, counterfiet goods and regulatory issues.
Admitted at the High Court in December 2001, Matt’s experienced at representing clients in negotiations and mediations before the New Zealand and Australian Courts, IPONZ and IP Australia.
Natalie Harre has joined AJ Park’s litigation and dispute resolution team in Auckland.
Natalie has extensive experience advising on a range of intellectual property matters, such as trade marks, copyright, patents, border protection, parallel importing and consumer law including the FTA and CGA. She also advises on terms of engagement for social media influencers and other social media issues.