Kim McLeod

Kim is an intellectual property litigation and enforcement specialist.

Kim first joined AJ Park in 1987 and has been a partner in our Auckland office since 2002. Kim is an intellectual property litigation and enforcement specialist.

Kim leads the intellectual property litigation team in our Auckland office. He has been involved in leading cases before the commissioner of patents and trade marks, the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in New Zealand. Kim has also appeared in the Advertising Standards Authority.

Kim acts for many local and multi-national companies to enforce their intellectual property rights in New Zealand and overseas. He has extensive commercial litigation experience in a range of industries with particular emphasis on the entertainment and consumer goods industries.

Previous work

Kim left AJ Park in 1991 and worked as a solicitor in the intellectual property teams for two of Hong Kong's largest firms. He specialised in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in many countries including China. During this time, Kim worked on a number of high profile cases involving anti-counterfeiting initiatives.

Other credentials

In 2017, Kim featured in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 rankings. The publication described him as a 'feared litigator and enforcement ace' and 'a sure bet for high-stakes disputes in the Antipodes'.  

Kim was also included in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 guide as a noteable practitioner specialising in trade mark and patent enforcement proceedings. He was acknowledged as being 'adept in IP licensing negotiations and regulatory compliance for marketing campaigns'.

In 2016, Kim was listed by Asialaw as a leading lawyer in intellectual property. 

In 2015, Kim was listed as one of the world's leading patent professionals in the
IAM Patent 1000 index, based on peer and client reviews, and received recognition for 'building on his extensive commercial dispute resolution experience', and knowing how to 'craft arguments that will win the day'.

In 2013, Kim was selected by peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of Best Lawyers in New Zealand, in the practice area of intellectual property.

Client stories


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but having its IP protected was essential for Kiwi company Sistema – and AJ Park was on hand to help.


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