Ken joined AJ Park in 1971 and was a partner until he retired at the end of 2006. Ken is now a consultant in our Auckland office. Ken specialises in information technology, copyright, and trade secret law.
Ken developed a practice in computer law in 1978 and in 1989 was counsel for the successful plaintiff in IBM v Computer Imports, New Zealand's first software copyright case to go to trial. He was also counsel for Hughes Aircraft Company in the 1994 patent office hearing which resulted in the first pure software patents to be granted in New Zealand.
In addition to New Zealand litigation, Ken has advised on and managed litigation for New Zealand clients in the United States of America, Germany and the United Kingdom in relation to:
- technology licensing disputes
- patent infringement
- software trade secrets.
Ken has written a number of papers on the legal nature of software, copyright, software copyright and intellectual property law and he is a co-author of the book Copyright & Design. Ken is a former co-chairman of the technology and e-commerce committee of the International Bar Association.
- Auckland District Law Society
- Society for Computers and Law (UK)
- New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys
- International Bar Association