Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

Congratulations to our four new principals

We are delighted to announce that four of our senior IP specialists have accepted offers of promotion. Congratulations to Amanda Griffiths, Dr Andrew Baker, Dr Duncan de Geest and Lynell Tuffery Huria who became principals of AJ Park on 1 July 2018.

Amanda, a senior associate in AJ Park’s Auckland trade mark team, joined AJ Park in 2006 and offers expert advice in the areas of branding and trade mark strategy, protection and enforcement. She works with companies and individuals of all sizes across a range of industries, the majority of which operate in the FMCG sector.

Andrew, a senior associate in our Auckland life sciences team, joined AJ Park in 2003 and has a PhD in neuropharmacology. He specialises in all aspects of patents, designs and related IP, with a focus on patent oppositions. Andrew works with a wide range of clients, many of whom operate in the spheres of biotech, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, helping them to develop life-saving and health-enhancing products and treatments.

Duncan joined AJ Park in 2001 and is a chemist and senior associate in AJ Park’s Wellington life sciences team. His work involves advising clients looking to secure patent protection in fields such as nanotechnology, materials science, medical devices, small-molecule pharmaceuticals, and process technology. Duncan’s clients range from New Zealand companies and research organisations to large research-driven multinationals.

Lynell (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngā Rauru), a special counsel in AJ Park’s Wellington trade mark team, is regarded as New Zealand’s leading expert on indigenous rights and Māori IP, and a specialist in IP law in the Pacific Islands. Lynell has built an impressive reputation with her clients, both locally and globally. She is also the Co-Chairperson of the International Indigenous Rights Initiatives and Policy Analysis Subcommittee for the International Trademark Association.

Managing Director, Damian Broadley, says ‘All four are extremely highly regarded professionals and great people to be representing and leading AJ Park into the future. Between them, they have 72 years’ experience at AJ Park! I’m really pleased for them and for the firm, and welcome them to the principal group.’