Anton Blijlevens

A good listener with a practical outlook, Anton has become a trusted advisor for clients looking to protect and commercialise their innovations.

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Expertise

Anton joined AJ Park in 1994 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Masters degree in mechanical engineering. He gained his law degree from The University of Auckland in 2004.

Experienced in intellectual property (IP) protection strategies and conducting IP audits and due diligence for mechanical and manufacturing technology firms, Anton has a track record of helping exporters be successful locally and internationally. Anton also works with organisations to establish policies and procedures to maximise the value of their IP.

As head of AJ Park’s specialist China team, Anton provides IP strategy advice to Australian and New Zealand companies looking to do business in China.

His clients come from diverse industries such as packaging, marine engineering, aviation, agritech, and medical technology.

‘Helping specialist manufacturing companies build an IP strategy to achieve their goals is very rewarding. Many of my clients have successfully grown their business because of well-protected innovations.’

Anton's been very helpful; he's guided me and given me good advice. We trust each other and I knew he'd understand what I had, which is important. I understood the products and the business end but not the patent process and how to go about protecting my product.

Trevor McCoid , Fleximower

Working style

A favourite aspect of Anton’s job is working with clever innovators and helping contribute to their commercialisation process. He prefers visiting his clients to learn about their business first-hand to see their factory in action. Anton is particularly proud of his start-up clients who have taken huge leaps of faith with new ideas, and shown passion, vision and drive to bring them to fruition.

‘It’s essential to understand a client’s business, their industry and their innovations and how IP laws worldwide can help provide greater returns. If one of those ingredients is missing, you can miss the mark. With over 20 years’ experience, it’s easy to spot the speed bumps often encountered when taking a new innovation to market. At AJ Park, we have people with a wide range of technical backgrounds, which enables us to build an appropriate team of expertise to work with our clients.’

Accolades

Anton’s many industry awards include a listing as one of the world’s leading patent professionals in the 2016 IAM Patent 1000 index, which quoted him as being ‘an engineering ace who can cover everything from fluid dynamics to aviation engineering’. He was also named among the top IP strategists in the world by the IAM Strategy 300, and in 2014 was recognised by Asia IP magazine as ‘one of 50 patent lawyers you should know’.

Other credentials

Anton lectures in IP at the University of Auckland and Massey University, regularly speaks to industry groups and business incubators, and is a mentor in the‘Business in the Community’ programme. He also speaks on IP at international conferences and events across Asia and Australia. 

Client stories

Flexi Mower

The importance of protecting a unique idea with watertight patents has been a crucial lesson inventor Trevor McCoid learnt in the eight years it’s taken for his Flexi Mower to go to market.

Glass Vice

Every business owner wants a competitive advantage. Often that advantage – and the key to growth for small companies – is about having a novel idea and protecting it.

Team

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