AJ Park Law Limited, Auckland
A good listener with a practical outlook, Anton has become a trusted advisor for clients looking to protect and commercialise their innovations.
Anton joined AJ Park in 1994 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Masters degree in mechanical engineering. He gained his law degree from The University of Auckland in 2004.
Experienced in intellectual property (IP) protection strategies and conducting IP audits and due diligence for mechanical and manufacturing technology firms, Anton has a track record of helping exporters be successful locally and internationally. Anton also works with organisations to establish policies and procedures to maximise the value of their IP.
As head of AJ Park’s specialist China team, Anton provides IP strategy advice to Australian and New Zealand companies looking to do business in China.
His clients come from diverse industries such as packaging, marine engineering, aviation, agritech, and medical technology.
‘Helping specialist manufacturing companies build an IP strategy to achieve their goals is very rewarding. Many of my clients have successfully grown their business because of well-protected innovations.’
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, Flexi Mower
A favourite aspect of Anton’s job is working with clever innovators and helping contribute to their commercialisation process. He prefers visiting his clients to learn about their business first-hand to see their factory in action. Anton is particularly proud of his start-up clients who have taken huge leaps of faith with new ideas, and shown passion, vision and drive to bring them to fruition.
‘It’s essential to understand a client’s business, their industry and their innovations and how IP laws worldwide can help provide greater returns. If one of those ingredients is missing, you can miss the mark. With over 20 years’ experience, it’s easy to spot the speed bumps often encountered when taking a new innovation to market. At AJ Park, we have people with a wide range of technical backgrounds, which enables us to build an appropriate team of expertise to work with our clients.’
Anton’s many industry awards include being selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2019 in the field of intellectual property law. Anton was highlighted in IAM Patent 1000 2018 and was described as having 'a keen eye for detail, Anton Blijlevens drafts top-notch applications’ and ‘he’s always available to answer queries and comments, but potential hurdles are far less likely to arise when Anton’s drafted the patent.’ In addition to Anton's inclusion in IAM Patent 1000, he was also named in IAM Strategy 300 2018 as a world-leading IP strategist. In 2018, Anton was ranked as a patent star in New Zealand in Managing IP Stars. Anton was listed as a 'leading lawyer' in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 guide to outstanding lawyers. In 2017 Anton was ranked as a leading patent lawyer in Expert Guides. In 2017 Anton was also described as a boon to the vibrant start-up scene in IAM Patent 1000 index. Anton was listed as one of the world’s leading patent professionals in the 2016 IAM Patent 1000 index, which quoted him as being ‘an engineering ace who can cover everything from fluid dynamics to aviation engineering’. He was also named among the top IP strategists in the world by the IAM Strategy 300, and in 2014 was recognised by Asia IP magazine as ‘one of 50 patent lawyers you should know’.
Anton lectures in IP at the University of Auckland and Massey University, regularly speaks to industry groups and business incubators, and is a mentor in the‘Business in the Community’ programme. He also speaks on IP at international conferences and events across Asia and Australia.
- ME (Mech), University of Canterbury (1994)
- LLB, University of Auckland (2004)
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand