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Scott Sonneman

Scott Sonneman

Senior Associate

AJ Park Law Limited , Wellington

Patent attorney Scott Sonneman helps clients of all sizes protect their technology innovations both in New Zealand and abroad.


Scott is a member of AJ Park’s ICT (information communication technology) mechanical group where he works as a patent attorney acting on behalf of both local and international clients. With degrees in engineering and science, and a law degree from Victoria University, he is well placed to advise clients on protecting their intellectual property (IP). Scott works both directly with clients in New Zealand and also with overseas counsel acting on behalf of multinational companies.


Scott’s previous roles include a position as a software developer for Ansett's IT department. He then spent seven years at an intellectual property firm in Melbourne, during which time he qualified as a patent attorney and a trade mark attorney.

Working style

Much of Scott’s work involves prosecuting patents in New Zealand and Australia for large corporates based in Europe, the US and Asia. But Scott also likes working with smaller local clients and dealing with down-to-earth inventors. Occasionally, he gets out to see clients’ prototypes, and he enjoys learning about their innovations and seeing their pride in what they’ve created.

I really enjoy the challenge of my job, picking up new technology and trying to see where there might be some sort of commercial difference so we can secure a patent and get the best possible scope for the client. Some inventions are really strong, while others are harder to protect. It’s important to understand that not everything is patentable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good business idea.

Scott joined AJ Park in 2007 and what continues to impress him is the quality of the firm’s people and AJ Park’s strategic, business-focused attitude towards IP protection.

‘There are some really smart people here and our clients get to benefit from that expertise across all levels. I’ve noticed a real emphasis on taking a big-picture approach to our clients’ needs—looking at their overarching business goals and developing an IP strategy that’s aligned with those. Rather than telling our clients to rush out and get a patent for something, we’ll look at where they want to go and how they can generate revenue from their innovation, and gear our advice along those lines.’



  • BE (Hons) (Mech), University of Melbourne, Australia (1998)
  • BSc, University of Melbourne, Australia (1998)
  • MIP Law, University of Melbourne, Australia (2005)
  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2013)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)