Matt Adams
Matt is a principal in AJ Park's engineering and information communication technology team specialising in protecting, registering and licensing patents in the computer and information technology fields. Matt is also a copyright specialist.


Matt is the co-chair of the Wellington engineering and information communication technology team. As part of this role, Matt:

  • conducts patent novelty searches and freedom to operate searches and provides design around advice
  • advises on novelty
  • analyses possible patent infringement and provides risk assessment advice
  • drafts patent specifications
  • files and prosecutes patent applications in New Zealand and overseas
  • conducts patent oppositions in New Zealand and overseas
  • works with clients to review development projects and develop intellectual property (IP) protection strategies
  • drafts and records patent assignments and other technology transfer agreements
  • advises on patent restoration
  • conducts patent due diligence
  • identifies copyright rights, advises on copyright ownership strategies and copyright enforcement
  • advises on performers' rights.


Matt advises corporations, start-up ventures and individuals throughout New Zealand and offshore.

Matt has been involved with a number of high profile cases, including obtaining international patent protection and licensing for medical imaging equipment and software-based diagnostic systems developed in New Zealand. He has also helped a number of large international computer companies to secure significant international patent portfolios and to protect groundbreaking new business intelligence solutions.

Other credentials

Matt's recent accolades include being:

Matt has presented at international IP conferences and often presents seminars to clients on patent issues. Matt is a frequent guest lecturer at Massey University and is a regular presenter at trade, export and computer conferences. A number of his articles and commentaries on software patents have been published in magazines and newspaper columns.


  • BSc (Comp Sci), University of Otago (1991)
  • MSc (Comp Sci), University of Otago (1995)
  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2000)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
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