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Alan has practiced in intellectual property for over 20 years. He was initially a partner in a top tier commercial law firm, Simpson Grierson, and most recently was the Managing Partner of New Zealand's largest specialist intellectual property firm, AJ Park.
Born in Canada, Alan has degrees in both law and commerce, and is a qualified patent attorney.
With a background in litigation and commercial IP law, Alan's advice is always pragmatic, understandable, and commercially relevant.
Alan has helped to protect some of New Zealand's most valuable brands around the world. Name a country and chances are he's done work there or knows some weird fact about its IP laws. As the editor of over 130 country chapters of Kluwer IP Manual (the most comprehensive publication of international IP laws and practices), Alan's expertise on all aspects of IP law is widely acknowledged.
When we have an IP issue in a jurisdiction that we can barely pronounce, Alan is the one we look to!
Narly has 15 years' experience in the intellectual property world.
Narly has degrees in law and biochemistry and is also qualified to practice as a patent attorney. With practical experience in patents and trade marks as well as registered designs (and practical working experience in both New Zealand and China), Narly is one of New Zealand's most rounded IP experts.
On any given day, he might start out doing trade mark searching and protection in the morning, devising patent or design strategies over lunch before advising on Google AdWords and copyright infringement in the afternoon. Who better to work out an IP strategy that cohesively combines all aspects of IP? You can't go past Narly.
And his in depth knowledge of how the technology underpinning the Google AdWords program works, combined with his understanding of recent New Zealand case law, means that he is able to tell you what you (or your competitors) can and can't do on the Google AdWords platform. Ask him about it - you may be surprised what you hear.
Kristina is a trade mark specialist with the firm. She has over 10 years' experience in trade mark protection and understands clients' needs both domestically and internationally.
Kristina is our resident expert on the logistics of undertaking major domestic and international trade mark filing projects, and knows the ins and outs of each country's filing requirements like the back of her hand. Need help on the documents needed for filing trade marks in China, or confused about the evidence of use required to keep a US or Filipino trade mark valid? Kristina's the one we turn to.
Katie has an MSc in Chemistry, a PhD in Materials Engineering, and is a qualified patent attorney. Oh, and she's in the process of completing her law degree. As well as numerous roles in management consulting, Katie has been both a trade mark attorney and a patent specialist - and was even a regular contributor for a leading New Zealand fitness mag.
Katie also takes care of our back office goings on - which is quite something given that she is the most qualified of us all. Despite all this, her greatest strength is organising the lot of us. And because of her 12 years as an IP specialist, she's always around to provide extra client support if the need arises.
Zane is originally from Whangarei. He joined the firm in February 2015 as a trade mark specialist.
Zane recently completed his law and commerce degrees, both from the University of Auckland. He’s particularly passionate about new technologies, innovation and start-ups.
Zane spends much of his time advising New Zealand and international clients on their trade mark portfolios. He conducts clearance and availability searches for brands, and files and prosecutes trade mark applications for New Zealand and overseas clients.
In his spare time Zane enjoys spending time outdoors and travelling – his most recent escapades include backpacking in Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Portugal.
Claire has more than 16 years experience as an IP lawyer in leading commercial firms in New Zealand and London.
Claire works with clients across all industries. She enjoys getting to know what makes their businesses tick and providing strategic and relevant advice. She is particularly happy when combining IP advice with her interests in food, wine, art, fashion and the creative industries.
Throughout her legal career, Claire has managed trade mark portfolios for some of the world’s leading FMCG brands and is experienced in dealing with IP disputes including counterfeits, lookalike products and parallel imports.
Jane has a BSc Honours degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, a Masters of Intellectual Property, a PhD in Medical Science and is an Australian and New Zealand registered patent attorney. She has extensive IP knowledge having worked in the industry for over 15 years. She has been involved in a diverse range of technology areas including biotechnology, motors, algorithms, medical devices and biofuels.
Jane is our patent expert having worked as a Senior Patent Examiner at IP Australia along with over 10 years as an in-house Patent Attorney for a large multinational corporation. Through her corporate IP experience she has a fantastic understanding on handling IP issues in US and European markets and understands how IP and business interact to achieve the desired business results.
For reasons that you'll have to ask Jane about, she is also our resident expert on Australian wines and... barbeque equipment.
Born in France, Laurette joined Potter IP in August 2017 as a trade mark specialist. She has 14 years’ experience in the management of intellectual property and worked for various law firms in France and New Zealand. She specialises in domestic and international trade marks with a focus on filing, registering, renewing and managing IP portfolios in general. She brings a french flair to the management of trademark portfolio.
In 2014 Laurette qualified with a New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
Besides offering support to Potter IP with trade marks and designs matters, Laurette runs a boutique accommodation North of Auckland in Matakana, likes being involved in her community and tries to keep her husband, two kids and the dog out of mischief.