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Kenneth Chong

Kenneth Chong

Patent Executive

AJ Park Law Limited, Auckland

Kenneth combines his background in science and law to help a diverse range of clients to protect their intellectual property (IP).


Kenneth works with both AJ Park’s engineering and life sciences teams in all areas of patent and design law and across various industries. He conducts patent searches to help clients determine patentability of their inventions and to determine freedom to operate issues. He also assists with drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications, advising on patent infringement and other patent-related matters generally, and prepares and files design applications.

About Kenneth

Kenneth has an exciting and varied background and believes working in IP is a great way to bring all of these strands together.

Kenneth obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in molecular biotechnology from the University of Otago. His multidisciplinary degree links the technical aspects of science and technology with business and entrepreneurship. In search of a career that combines both science and business, he further expanded his knowledge by studying marketing management and subsequently completed a law degree. During his studies, he completed internships at an international law firm in Hong Kong and at a biotechnology research laboratory in Singapore.

‘While I’ve always had a personal interest in IP and science and technology, my interest in pursuing a career in law and IP was sparked by an AJ Park attorney who delivered a fascinating lecture on IP protection in the new product development process.’

Prior to joining AJ Park, Kenneth worked as part of a research team which investigated the effect of milk containing specific antibodies against microorganisms that colonise and damage voice prostheses used by laryngectomy patients. Kenneth’s honours research investigated the use of gene therapy methods to potentially disrupt melanoma cells. He hopes his work has contributed to the knowledge base and helped others conducting related research.

Curious by nature, Kenneth is a keen learner and enjoys experiencing new things.

The aspect of my job I enjoy the most is learning new things and being able to contribute to the success of our clients. I relate well to open-minded people who are willing to think outside the box. I believe that we never stop learning and my parents taught me the importance of constantly challenging myself and being adaptable to change.

Beyond work

Outside of work, Kenneth enjoys photography, travelling and experiencing different cultures while sampling exotic cuisines. He’s also a passionate follower of motorsports, particularly Formula One.



  • BAppSc (Hons) (Molecular Biotechnology), University of Otago (2007)
  • DipGrad (Marketing Management), University of Otago (2009)
  • LLB, University of Otago (2013)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand