Dr David Simunic

Dr David Simunic

Principal \ AJ Park Law Limited, Auckland

David specialises in the protection of intellectual property (IP) and providing strategic advice on IP portfolios including patents, designs, and copyright.

David is experienced in international patent law, particularly in the United States and Europe.


David regularly advises some of New Zealand's largest and best known manufacturing exporters as well as start-up ventures and individuals. He has helped a number of large New Zealand companies secure and manage significant international patent portfolios.

David has a good understanding of engineering and can quickly grasp what we're doing, compare it to what exists in the market already, and clearly articulate what he's found and where our ideas fit. A significant amount of science and validation is required to meet food industry standards, so the know-how we've developed is incredibly valuable. Patents are important, but secrecy is just as crucial. AJ Park has provided input on the contracts and non-disclosure agreements we have with our customers and suppliers.

 - Bruce Yelverton, Head of Strategy and Special Projects at Fresh Appeal


Recent accolades

David was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2023 and 2024 Best Lawyers in New Zealand™ in the field of IP law.

He was also noted as a recommended individual in IAM Patent 1000 for 2023 and 2024, where a client commented:

"A highly skilled practitioner, with deep expertise and breadth of experience, and a tenacity for IP and intellect that are well beyond his peers. His foresight and abilities to forecast likely outcomes or issues is to be highly sought after when establishing IP and overall strategies. His attention to detail is well beyond simply excellent – it is second to none. Anyone who can add David to their IP and strategy team will benefit immensely."


  • BE (Mech), University of Auckland (1998)
  • PhD (Mech), University of Auckland (2005)
  • LLB, University of Auckland (2008)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
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Fresh Appeal \ Enjoying the fruits of their labour

Adding value to primary produce is an area many New Zealand companies have yet to fully explore. But Auckland-based Fresh Appeal, established in 2002, is a step ahead of most. The company has developed, patented and commercialised unique technology that significantly improves both the food safety and shelf-life of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.

Enjoying the fruits of their labour
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