Chris Ross

Special Counsel \ AJ Park Law Limited, Wellington

Chris assists clients in securing and protecting their brands with registered trade marks.


Chris specialises in trade mark clearance searches, as well as trade mark prosecution, opposition, revocation and invalidity proceedings. He is also an expert in protecting trade marks in overseas jurisdictions and provides strategic trade mark portfolio advice.


Before joining Baldwins (now AJ Park) in 2000, Chris’ career included time as a trade mark and design examiner with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and eight years specialising in trade marks in the United Kingdom. During this time, Chris worked as an in-house trade mark specialist with a major UK multi-national corporation and spent five years with a London patent and trade mark attorney firm.

Working style

Chris particularly enjoys the one-to-one contact he has with clients and takes great satisfaction from seeing his clients’ products on shelves and succeeding in the marketplace.

Recent accolades

Chris was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2021 in the field of IP law.



  • BSc, University of Canterbury (1988)
  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2011)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
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