Matt is a solicitor in our Auckland Trade Marks team, where he advises clients on a range of trade mark and copyright matters. He conducts trade mark availability searches, prosecutes trade mark applications in New Zealand and Australia, and provides advice on potential infringement issues. Matt also works with overseas associates to ensure clients are suitably protected in foreign markets.
Matt primarily works with New Zealand based clients that operate locally and export overseas. These include small businesses through to some of New Zealand’s largest companies across the food and beverage, fast moving consumer good, entertainment, construction and home appliance industries.
Prior to working for AJ Park, Matt worked at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) in both the Hearings and Trade Marks teams. In Hearings, he oversaw contentious trade mark, patent and design disputes. This included opposition, invalidity, revocation and examination proceedings. In Trade Marks, he examined New Zealand trade mark applications 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.