We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ben Sullivan to senior associate, effective 1 September 2020.
Ben is a solicitor in AJ Park’s Auckland trade marks team and advises on all aspects of strategic trade mark and branding matters in New Zealand and internationally. His areas of expertise include freedom-to-market analyses, trade mark filing strategies, application, prosecution, opposition, revocation and infringement matters, copyright issues, and the maintenance and enforcement of trade mark portfolios. Ben also advises clients on ancillary IP issues such as passing off, New Zealand consumer legislation (Fair Trading Act), Major Events Management Act, various commercial issues (licensing, franchising), as well as product labelling, advertising and brand protection issues.
Since graduating from university in 2011, Ben has been firmly entrenched in the IP space. He first joined AJ Park in 2015, following some time with fellow IP firm, Baldwins. In July 2018, he returned to New Zealand from a year-long stint in Hong Kong working for a multinational law firm as part of its Asia-Pacific regional IP group. This was an exceptional opportunity to get to grips with IP enforcement in Hong Kong, China and elsewhere in the region. Ben also has experience in European law, having completed a six-month internship with a boutique law firm in Milan, Italy, specialising in IP and European Community law.
AJ Park’s managing director, Dr Andrea Dickens, said ‘Ben is well-deserving of this recognition, as he is performing to a high standard in all core aspects of his role, demonstrates AJ Park’s values, and makes a significant contribution to the culture of the office and the profile of the firm’.
We congratulate Ben on his well-earned promotion.