Fiona assists clients in patent and design matters, from filing through to grant, in New Zealand, Australia and overseas.
Fiona acts in all areas of patent and design prosecution, including in hearings before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and in opposition proceedings. She also manages patent portfolios for clients based in New Zealand. Her focus is mainly on the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas, but Fiona also has experience with animal health and food and beverage technologies. In addition, Fiona assists clients with plant variety rights matters.
Fiona loves being involved at the forefront of technologies and innovations in areas that make a real difference.
Before joining Baldwins (now AJ Park) in 2005, Fiona was a science policy advisor working in the biotechnology area for a government department. She also spent three years as a research scientist at a university in the United States after completing her PhD in microbiology.
- BSc (Hons), University of Otago (1994)
- PhD (Microbiology), University of Otago (2000)
- LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2012)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
Dr Fiona Pringle 's insights
Article \ 20 Jun 2022
Patent (examination) pending – the chemistry/biotech backlog at IPONZ
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has recently updated timeframes for issuing a first examination report for patent applications where ordinary examination has been requested.
Article \ 15 May 2018
A question of support
This article discusses two patent decisions in New Zealand which consider the application of the Patent Act 2013’s requirement that the claim or claims of a patent be “supported by the matter disclosed in the complete specification”. “Supported by” is a change from the “fair basis” wording of the previous Patents Act 1953. Although the original Bill as introduced to Parliament in 2008 retained the fair basis wording, it was replaced with “supported by” as the Bill progressed through the legislative process .
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 \ 22 Oct 2015
What’s your priority (date for your patent claim)?
When a complete patent application is filed, it typically claims priority to one (or more) earlier applications (a priority application) filed up to 12 months earlier.
Article \ 21 Oct 2015
Terribly sorry, Sir Walter…your plant variety denomination can’t be a…
A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia highlights why you should select a denomination for your plant variety right that is different from the name used to market the variety.