An associate in our Auckland Trade Marks team, Matt assists clients with trade mark and copyright matters in New Zealand, Australia and overseas.
Matt conducts trade mark availability searches, files and prosecutes trade mark applications, advises on infringement issues and assists clients with their wider brand strategy. Matt also works with overseas associates to ensure clients’ intellectual property is suitably protected in foreign markets.
Matt primarily works with New Zealand based clients, many of whom export overseas. These include small businesses through to some of New Zealand’s largest companies across the food and beverage, entertainment, construction, home appliance and financial service industries.
Prior to working for AJ Park, Matt worked at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) in its Hearings and Trade Marks teams. In Hearings, he oversaw contentious trade mark, patent and design proceedings. In Trade Marks, he examined New Zealand trade mark applications for potential registrability.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys football, running, reading and attempting (usually successfully) to keep houseplants alive.
Matt Currie's insights
Article \ 30 May 2023
What New Zealand’s free trade agreement with the UK means…
Chris Hipkins’ recent visit to London has resulted in a potential boost to New Zealand (NZ) exporters in the form of earlier entry into a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom (UK). The agreement, which now comes into force on 31 May 2023, is expected to increase NZ’s GDP by up to $1 billion per year. This is great news for NZ wine, honey and hoki exporters.
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.