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Daniel Hearn

Daniel Hearn

Senior Associate

AJ Park IP Limited, Auckland

Daniel advises clients on comprehensive and cost-effective strategies for protecting their innovations. 


A registered patent attorney with a background in mechanical engineering, Daniel specialises in patent law and design law.

Daniel advises clients on the strategic use and protection of their intellectual property (IP), including patent, copyright and registered design matters, as well as other tricky issues clients face in the IP space. His particular specialty is in the area of mechanical patents, and he is adept at providing pragmatic strategies for all types of clients, from inventors to multinationals, on using their IP wisely.

Daniel is a pleasure to work with and a breath of fresh air. He’s very proactive, professional and knowledgeable when it comes to engineering, and his advice has allowed us to move forward with confidence in what we’re doing.

- Paul Vickers, CEO, Vickers Aircraft Company

Working style

A lifelong learner with a well-developed sense of humour, Daniel is excited by new inventions and research, and the creative ways his clients have devised to overcome problems. He enjoys meeting clients on site to get a first-hand look at how their businesses run and so he can explain the value that IP protection will add to their activities. Daniel particularly appreciates those who are eager to partner with him and take an active interest in their IP. He is acutely conscious of the fact that patenting is not a cheap exercise and he works with his clients to provide the most effective protection they can afford.

'I like to develop creative strategies and work through compromises to help my clients use and maximise their IP within a constrained budget so they can realise their business goals. From my mentor, Anton Blijlevens, I’ve learnt that there is always a pragmatic solution, especially when you have mutual trust, an open exchange of information, and a shared passion for the technology.'


Before joining AJ Park in 2012, Daniel worked for food plant and engineering firms and travelled for a year. During his time at the University of Canterbury, where he gained a BE (Hons) in mechanical engineering, he completed a one-year project working with Methanex NZ and led a team to develop metallurgical coating devices.


Daniel was named in the 2019 edition of Managing IP's Rising Stars, produced by the IP STARS research team. This special list recognises some of the best up-and-coming IP practitioners who contributed to the success of their firms and clients. 


  • BE (Hons) (Mech), University of Canterbury (2010)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)


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