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
- 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- European Patent Attorney (no longer current due to residency requirements)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
\ 3 Aug 2021
AJ Park’s continued recognition for excellence and expertise
We’re pleased to be named amongst the very best in the most recent rankings for Best Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP…
Article \ 30 Jul 2021
Upcoming changes to make amends for Australian designs
The Australian Government are progressing a programme of reforms to ensure the Australian design rights system is fit for purpose and to…
\ 9 Jul 2021
AJ Park maintains Managing IP’s “IP Star’ Tier 1 rankings
As a reflection of AJ Park’s high standard in the Patent and Trade mark space, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve maintained…
Article \ 18 Jun 2021
Australian innovation patent system approaches the finish line
The Australian innovation patent system is being phased out, with key changes taking place on 25 August 2021 (AEST). Steps must be…
Article \ 29 Apr 2021
Managing intangible assets for exponential growth
Intangible assets do not occupy physical space. However, they have the potential to provide high value and exponential growth when identified and…
Article \ 3 Dec 2020
Australian High Court rejects the implied licence doctrine: establishes exhaustion…
The High Court of Australia has recently passed down a landmark 4-3 majority decision in Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation…
Article \ 30 Nov 2020
Medicinal cannabis in New Zealand – a potted summary of…
The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 came into effect from 1 April 2020. These regulations establish a scheme for licencing…