Nigel is one of AJ Park’s most long-standing and experienced attorneys, and specialises in New Zealand and Australian trade mark matters—particularly litigation and advice—as well as copyright and IP strategy. His other areas of expertise include food and cosmetic labelling, regulatory matters, resolution of domain name disputes, settlement agreements and advertising standards, and deceptive and misleading conduct claims.
Clients and working style
Nigel’s clients range from large international corporates requiring specialised and technical advice to small local clients who need a plain-English, pragmatic explanation of threats made, options and consequences. They operate in industries such as fashion and cosmetics, computing and telecommunications, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and retail.
Our depth of knowledge and technical expertise are a given, but I think what really sets AJ Park apart is our flexible, team approach, and the fact that we focus first and foremost on a client’s commercial needs.
Helping his clients achieve the best result is Nigel’s priority, and by taking the time to learn about his clients’ businesses, he can navigate them through all the different possible outcomes.
'In my time at AJ Park I’ve learnt a lot about the different approaches you can take to a situation—there really is no one right way. Being professional is essential, even if you’re taking a hard position or don’t necessarily agree with the person you’re dealing with.'
Nigel enjoys mentoring junior lawyers and is respected for his intelligence, resourcefulness and loyalty, as well as his ability to remain calm and reasonable.
One of the more interesting cases of Nigel’s career to date has been successfully defending Cadbury’s trade mark opposition to the BERRY FOREST trade mark registration of his client Whittaker’s. BERRY FOREST was allowed to proceed to registration in the face of Cadbury’s BLACK FOREST trademark.
Work experience and credentials
With a BSc from Waikato University and a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington, Nigel is also a registered patent attorney and a past councillor of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys. He’s represented the profession in technical meetings with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) over trade mark issues. Before joining AJ Park in 1993, he spent a couple of years at another New Zealand IP firm and worked as a paralegal in London for 18 months.