Date posted: 25/08/2022

Location: Wellington

Work type: Associate

Role type: Full time

We’re on the lookout for a motivated and enthusiastic Associate, to join our ambitious team of trade mark and branding experts at AJ Park. You’ll have around 4 years PQE, will be based within our Wellington team and will work well in a hybrid work setting.

You will join a skilled team in a fast-paced environment that manages trade mark matters for local and international clients. Our clients span across a variety of industries and sectors, ranging from emerging innovators through to large corporates. You will be mentored by senior trade mark specialists as well as work alongside our patent, commercial, and dispute resolution and litigation teams. You will have the opportunity to work on some really cool subject matter with the experts in their field.

This role encompasses end to end trade mark client portfolio management, including proactively collaborating with clients, providing strategic advice, and managing international trade mark portfolios. You will be able to take direct responsibility for client work with minimum supervision, providing advice and expertise to our client base.

With the ability to juggle multiple priorities, you’ll be involved in anything from liaising with IPONZ, to devising international filing strategies, all while translating legal jargon into plain English. You will be conducting and reporting trade mark searches, filing and prosecuting applications in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond, and preparing evidence of use. You will be working with an international cohort of trade mark specialists to ensure New Zealand exporters’ brands are protected and enforced.

Strong communication skills are a must, with the ability to think commercially and critically when providing advice for clients. You will be surrounded by experienced practitioners within the immediate team and firm - this means a collaborative approach is critical, as is the ability to be flexible.

You will be comfortable self managing meeting and managing financial targets, including day book, WIP, debtors, billable and non-billable hours.


What’s in it for you?

  • Great salary package
  • Competitive incentive plan
  • Wellness benefit
  • Medical insurance
  • Leave purchase scheme (up to 2 weeks)
  • Structured professional development programmes
  • Hybrid working
  • Social club
  • Fresh fruit delivered daily and weekly morning tea
  • Collaborative and inclusive culture


Who are we?

We are not your typical law firm. We dress for our day, have a flat structure and a collegial vibe where bringing your whole self to work is at the heart of who we are.

AJ Park is the IP Firm of choice in New Zealand.  We support our clients with intelligent action and are well respected both within the patent profession and the clients we work with.

We offer a rewarding career, community and team spirit and opportunities to develop technically and personally.

Find out more about us here.

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