Chris specialises in mechanical, electrical and electronics patents and registered designs.
Chris qualified as a UK and European patent attorney in London before moving to New Zealand in 2006, and requalifying in New Zealand and Australia.
Chris has a broad range of technical expertise, with considerable practice in telecommunications, packaging and medical device related fields.
In addition to drafting specifications and progressing applications through to grant, he is experienced in commercialisation and dispute resolution, assisting in licensing strategising and negotiations, as well as more contentious matters. Chris provides infringement and validity advice and has a strong opposition practice, both locally and overseas, where he is able to draw on his European experience.
Chris also handles design applications and advises on copyright, particularly in New Zealand where copyright extends to cover industrial designs.
An experienced mountaineer and an amateur golfer, when not at the office Chris can usually be found walking the fairway or scaling the alps.
Chris’s recent industry accolades include being:
- highlighted in the 2020 and 2021 IAM Patent 1000 index
- selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2021 in the field of IP law
- ranked as a patent star in New Zealand in Managing IP's IP Stars 2020/21.
- selected by his peers for the inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2022
- Named in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2021
- selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers in New Zealand™ in the field of IP law, and Telecommunications Law.
- BE (Hons) (Manufacturing Systems), University of Bath, United Kingdom (1997)
- MSc (Management of Intellectual Property), Queen Mary College, University of London (1998)
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand & Australia)
- European Patent Attorney (no longer current due to residency requirements)
- European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney
- Registered and Chartered Patent Attorney (United Kingdom)
Chris Way's insights
Article \ 26 Jul 2018
Protecting trade secrets
What is a trade secret in China? A trade secret is defined in Chinese Anti-Unfair Competition Law as:
“technology information or business operation information which is unknown to the public has commercial value and towards which the obligee has taken measures to keep secret.”
Article \ 19 Jun 2018
Why register copyright when protecting your brand in China?
Copyright registration can provide a simple and relatively low cost means for warding off trademark squatters. As always, early action is required because it is most useful if the registration predates the date of filing of the squatter’s trademark application. If not, other evidence will generally also be required to block the squatter’s trademark application.
Article \ 15 Jun 2018
Copyright protection in China
Copyright provides the exclusive right to use and distribute an original work. As the name suggests, it prevents against copying, it cannot be used against someone that independently creates the same work.
Article \ 22 May 2018
The rise of intellectual property in China
China has once again become a major world economic force to be reckoned with after playing an unprecedented game of economic catch-up since 1978. Its booming ecommerce market and a shift from primary products and manufacturing to more of a consumer economy, presents huge opportunities for Kiwi retailers looking to expand into the region in the future.
Article \ 5 Apr 2018
Amended patent, trade mark and design regulations in force in…
Amendments to the New Zealand Patents, Trade Mark and Design Regulations have now entered into force. The amendments address a number of issues that resulted from changes made to New Zealand's patent laws when the Patents Act 2013 came into force. The key changes are summarised below.
Article \ 15 Nov 2012
Appearances can be Deceptive – An Update on the Scope…
Registered designs can provide a cost effective way of creating exclusivity for your products, particularly where aesthetics are important. They can be especially useful in preventing knock-offs. Below we discuss some important decisions that consider infringement of the right.