Kate Giddens

Kate Giddens

Senior Associate \ AJ Park Law Limited, Wellington

Kate helps local and international clients to protect, enforce and defend their trade mark rights.


Kate specialises in trade mark protection, management and enforcement, and provides strategic and commercially driven portfolio advice. She has particular expertise in the automotive, entertainment, food and beverage, sportswear and telecommunication industries.


Before joining Baldwins (now AJ Park), Kate worked at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) as a senior trade mark examiner.

Kate majored in marketing while studying for her commerce degree and has always been drawn to the intangible aspects of brands and brand culture. Her skills and interests are ideal for work in intellectual property law.

Recent accolades

Kate’s recent industry accolades include being named in The Legal 500’s Asia Pacific 2020 guide as a ‘rising star’. She was also named in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of Managing IP's Rising Stars, produced by the IP Stars research team. Kate was also highlighted in WTR 1000 2022 as a recommended individual. WTR 1000 is the World's Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. 

Beyond work

Outside office hours, Kate can be found beside a BMX track cheering on her two children who race competitively, or stealing a quiet moment to enjoy a good coffee.


  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2006)
  • BCom, Victoria University of Wellington (2006)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
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