AJ Park’s continued recognition for expertise

News  \  22 Apr 2022

AJ Park and its talented specialists are regularly recognised on the local and international stage for their leadership and contribution to the intellectual property (IP) industry. In this update we highlight some of the recent awards and accolades the firm and its individuals have received. 


Asia IP Rankings

AJ Park has been recognised as Tier 1 in the 2021 Asia IP Patent Rankings and Asia IP Copyright Rankings 2022.

These rankings maintain AJ Parks Tier 1 position across all New Zealand categories including Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious, Trademark Prosecution and Copyright.

About Asia IP

Based on extensive editorial research, and feedback from corporate counsel worldwide, Asia IP identifies the very best lawyers from across Asia and the Pacific.


Beaton Client Choice Awards

AJ Park was named a finalist in the 2022 Beaton Client Choice Awards. The firm was nominated for three categories - Best specialist IP & related services firm, Best client experience firm: Specialist IP & related services and Most innovative specialist IP & related services firm.

About the Client Choice Awards

Each year, Beaton conducts a large-scale survey of the users of professional services in Australia and New Zealand. This data is used to adjudicate their annual Client Choice Awards.

The Client Choice Awards recognise best practice in the professional services sector and are based on client feedback for professional services firms in New Zealand and Australia. Congratulations to the other finalists and thank you to our clients for providing such positive feedback.

Best Lawyers

Congratulations to the following AJ Park individuals who have been included in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Anton Blijlevens, Hadleigh Brown, Damon Butler, Amanda Griffiths, Natalie Harre, Tim Jackson, Paul Johns, Wes Jones, Duncan Schaut, Jeremy Sim, David Simunic, Margot Smith, Ben Sullivan, Victoria Watts, Chris Way, Matt Adams, Jonathan Aumonier-Ward, Matt Devine, Helen Bellchambers, Michael Brown, Penelope Catley, Duncan de Geest, Thomas Huthwaite, Andy Locke, Kieran O'Connell, Sam Pearson, Fiona Pringle, James Robinson, Chris Ross, and Sarah Barclay.

About Best Lawyers

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Best Lawyers methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.


IAM Strategy 300 2022

In reflection of their continued expertise, Anton Blijlevens and Anton Gibson have been named Global Leaders in the IAM Strategy 300 guide for 2022.

About IAM Strategy 300

The guide showcases the top intellectual property experts from around the world who lead the way in the development and implementation of world-class IP. They offer top-tier services relating to the development and implementation of IP strategies to enable IP owners to maximise the value of their portfolios.

Only those nominated multiple times by different parties as outstanding IP strategists are listed in the IAM Strategy 300. Those who appear on the list, which is limited to 300 individuals worldwide, are regarded as ‘best in class’.


The Legal 500 2022

AJ Park has been recognised as a Tier 1 firm in The Legal 500 (Legalease) Asia Pacific 2022 guide.

Congratulations to Anton Blijlevens. Penny Catley and Amanda Griffiths who were highlighted as Leading Individuals, and to Jonathan Aumonier-Ward who was highlighted as a Next Generation Partner.

About the Legal 500

The Legal 500 provides analysis on the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions based on a series of criteria including teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.


Managing IP Asia Pacific Awards

We’re pleased to be shortlisted for the following categories in the 2022 Managing IP Asia Pacific Awards - New Zealand Firm of the Year and Trans-Tasman IP Firm of the Year.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 1 June via a virtual event.


World Trademark Review 1000 2022

AJ Park has maintained its position as a gold band firm the World Trademark Review 1000 2022 research. Their clients comment that ‘understanding trademark law can be a minefield, and we are glad AJ Park is always there to navigate this and give us good advice on the essentials’.

Five AJ Park practitioners were also highlighted as recommended individuals. Congratulations to Jonathan Aumonier-Ward, Penelope Catley, Paul Johns, Thomas Huthwaite and Kate Giddens for this well-deserved accolade.