AJ Park Law Limited, Wellington
Jonathan is a trade mark and copyright specialist who uses his well-honed problem-solving skills to help his clients achieve their business goals.
Jonathan specialises in trade mark and copyright law. His clients include multinationals operating in a broad range of industries, from hospitality, food and beverage, and sustainable businesses, through to technology, software and communication. He also works with non-profit and charity organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
Jonathan is acknowledged by the World Trademark Review as one of New Zealand’s leading intellectual property (IP) enforcement and litigation practitioners with 'a nose for commercial solutions to diverse trademark and copyright issues'.
Engaging, approachable and curious, Jonathan believes honesty and professionalism are essential for a successful working relationship with his clients. He’s grateful for the chance to work with some clever and innovative people.
I like getting involved in my clients’ businesses; learning about how they operate, what challenges they are facing, what they think is important to them and why. This means engaging with my clients and asking lots of questions. I try to always be available for a quick chat or coffee. Where I can add value is by showing them the best path to get where they want and need to go.
Jonathan relishes the opportunity to employ his problem-solving skills and gets immense satisfaction from making his clients’ lives easier—removing the pain so they can focus on growing their businesses. Proof of his ability to form productive and trusting working relationships lies in the long-term friendships Jonathan has built with many clients.
'Since joining AJ Park in 2001, I’ve learnt a great deal about the intricacies of IP law, but also about how to read and deal with a wide variety of people, and how the importance and versatility of IP differs from industry to industry.'
Mentoring younger staff and seeing them succeed gives Jonathan huge enjoyment, and he strives to emulate the integrity and honesty shown by his role model, retired AJ Park partner Peter Luxford.
'Peter Luxford was a class act. He had high professional standards, but he cared a lot about his staff and had a great deal of compassion.'
Outside the office
Always keen to give back, Jonathan has spent a lot of time volunteering for community organisations. He also writes and contributes articles to a number of leading local and international intellectual property publications, including:
- Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
- Thomson Reuters' Trademarks Throughout the World, practical summaries of the trade mark laws and regulations of over 180 countries and jurisdictions. Jonathan writes the chapters for Australia, New Zealand, and Tonga.
- International Trademark Association's Country Guides: Essential Information on Trademark Protection Worldwide. It is a searchable database of country profiles offering practical information on trademark filing, prosecution, registration, opposition, cancellation, maintenance, and enforcement. Jonathan writes the chapters for New Zealand, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea.
Jonathan was highlighted for his work on prosecution and contentious issues in the 2019 edition of the WTR 1000.