Paul assists clients to effectively handle contentious intellectual property issues.
Paul advises clients on actual or potential legal disputes, including in relation to registered intellectual property (IP) rights, copyright, and consumer and marketing law. He helps his clients to develop and implement appropriate strategies to effectively manage and resolve disputes, whether by negotiation, litigation or other dispute resolution methods.
Paul appears on behalf of his clients in the Courts and in IP office hearings. Though based in our Auckland office, Paul travels regularly to work with clients in Wellington and Christchurch.
Paul has more than 19 years’ experience in IP disputes, including five years at a leading general commercial firm in New Zealand and at a major international firm based in London.
Paul is also currently serving as a member of the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand.
Paul’s recent industry accolades include being:
- highlighted in the 2020 and 2021 IAM Patent 1000
- recognised in WTR 1000 2022 as a bronze individual for enforcement & litigation.
- selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers in New Zealand™ in the field of IP law, and Litigation.
Paul enjoys meeting a diverse variety of people, whether through his work across various industries, through family activities with his wife and children, or over a good meal with a glass of beer or wine.
- LLB (Hons), University of Otago (2000)
- BSc, University of Otago (2000)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
- Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Paul Johns's insights
Article \ 30 Nov 2021
Criticism over copyright issues prods NZ library to cease book…
The New Zealand National Library decided to cease its donation of 600,000 books from its overseas published collection to Internet Archive for digitization, following a wave of criticism due to copyright issues.
Article \ 1 Oct 2021
Divorce, art and copyright
A divorce case between an artist and her husband in New Zealand has got copyright issues thrown into the mix.
Article \ 23 Mar 2021
Comparative advertising and IP
Comparative advertising can be an extremely effective business tool.
When done correctly, comparative advertising can:
enable consumers to make informed decisions about their…
Article \ 31 Oct 2019
Using the names of deceased celebrities as trade marks: Touching…
What ability do commercial enterprises have to use the names of well-known, deceased individuals who are otherwise unconnected with that enterprise as brand names? Two recent examples have highlighted that, surprisingly to some, there are relatively few legal limits on this practice in New Zealand.
Article \ 10 Jun 2019
The risky business of streaming devices: New Zealand Courts find…
New Zealand’s primary subscription television provider, Sky Network Television has successfully prevented, in two separate proceedings, the advertisement and sale in New Zealand of multimedia streaming devices intended to circumvent subscription TV services. This has been achieved without needing to pursue the entities hosting infringing content, or end-users of the devices as primary infringers of copyright, in part by alleging that the sellers’ marketing claims were unlawful under consumer protection legislation.
Article \ 15 Nov 2017
What does the renegotiated TPPA mean for intellectual property laws…
Following the withdrawal of the USA from the TPP agreement in January of this year, negotiations are continuing in Vietnam between the remaining 11 TPP member nations. Media reports suggest that an agreement in principle has been reached involving the suspension of about 20 terms in the original TPP text, many relating to intellectual property.
Article \ 9 Nov 2017
A well ‘crafted’ brand: growth in craft beer industry sees…
As the growth of the craft beer industry continues it is becoming harder to conceive an attractive brand which is distinctive from those of competitors. Growth in beer trade marks may lead to increased brand disputes and the benefits of legally protecting a brand are becoming more obvious.
Article \ 18 Oct 2016
Additional damages for trade mark infringement?
To comply with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Parliament has introduced a new Bill that includes a provision for additional damages as a remedy for trade mark infringement. This article discusses additional damages – what they are, the New Zealand and Australian courts’ approach to awarding them, and how additional damages may become a remedy available for trade mark infringement in New Zealand.