Matt is a Solicitor in our Auckland Trade Marks team. He conducts search reports and prosecutes trade mark applications in New Zealand. Matt also works with overseas associates to help ensure clients are suitably protected in overseas markets.
Prior to working for AJ Park, Matt worked at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) for four and a half years, in both the Hearings and Trade Marks teams. In the Hearings team he oversaw trade mark and patent disputes. In the Trade Marks team he examined New Zealand trade marks for potential registrability.
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Article \ 2 May 2022
Avoiding copyright lawsuits: record-keeping for creatives
The English High Court recently found in favour of musician Ed Sheeran in a copyright infringement case. Fellow English musician Sami Chokri, who performs under the name Sami Switch, had claimed that Sheeran’s 2017 hit song Shape of You copied an element from his own 2015 song, Oh Why. The judge firmly disagreed, finding there to be significant differences between the songs and concluding that Sheeran had not deliberately, or subconsciously, copied Chokri’s work.