Anton Blijlevens

Anton specialises in mechanical and manufacturing patents.


Anton specialises in patent and related intellectual property law, in particular for mechanical and manufacturing patents. Anton is also a copyright and designs specialist.


Anton has experience with a range of technologies including:

  • packaging
  • marine
  • composites
  • engine design
  • fluid dynamics
  • clean technologies
  • thermo dynamics.

Anton has experience in conducting intellectual property audits and due diligence for several large New Zealand companies in the fields of maritime technology, aviation and packaging. He is also involved in establishing and maintaining policies and procedures at several organisations to help them foster a culture to extract high value from their intellectual property.

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


Anton's clients include New Zealand's top innovators such as:

  • Air New Zealand Limited
  • Cavotec Moormaster Limited
  • Winstone Wallboards
  • Avanti Bicycles
  • Sistema.


In 2016, Anton was listed by Asialaw as a leading lawyer in intellectual property. He was also named by the World Intellectual Property Review as a leading IP practitioner in the WIPR Leaders publication. He was listed in Managing IP's IP Stars as 'a trusted choice to draft and prosecute patents, particularly in the engineering sector, before the IP offices in New Zealand and Australia' and was noted as being 'called upon to offer strategy and counselling to his clients in the US and Asia'. 

In 2015, Anton was listed as one of the world's leading patent professionals in the
IAM Patent 1000 index, based on peer and client reviews, and is quoted as being 'a nurturing carer' for start-ups, and an 'invaluable patent manager' for leading innovators.

Anton is listed in The Best Lawyers In New Zealand© 2015 and 2014 and 2013 for intellectual property law.

In 2014, Anton was recognised by Asia IP magazine as 'One of 50 patent lawyers you should know'.

Other credentials

Anton is a lecturer on IP at the University of Auckland, and gives regular lectures at business business incubators and other industry groups. Anton is a mentor in the 'Business in the Community' new business programme, and an advisor on the kids' inventions television programme, Let's Get Inventin'.

Anton attended the University of Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and a Masters in Engineering in 1994. Anton joined AJ Park in 1994 and studied part time towards a law degree, qualifying in 2004.

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.


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