Rachel assists clients in patent matters in New Zealand, Australia, and overseas.
Rachel specialises in patents, with specialist knowledge in the area of biotechnology. She has experience in a number of patent matters, including prior art searching, patent drafting, maintaining patent portfolios and patent prosecution in New Zealand and Australia.
Before joining Baldwins (now AJ Park), Rachel worked as a patent examiner on the biotechnology team at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ). Through her work at IPONZ, she gained a wealth of experience in the field of biotechnology, primarily including the examination of applications relating to genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmaceuticals, food technology, and molecular biology.
Having grown up on a farm in the Waikato, Rachel loves spending her time outside the office getting back to her roots and exploring the outdoors.
- LLB, University of Otago (2014)
- BBiomedSc (Infection and Immunity), University of Otago (2014)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
Rachel McIvor 's insights
Article \ 29 Apr 2021
Managing intangible assets for exponential growth
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Article \ 3 Dec 2020
Australian High Court rejects the implied licence doctrine: establishes exhaustion…
The High Court of Australia has recently passed down a landmark 4-3 majority decision in Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation…
Article \ 30 Nov 2020
Medicinal cannabis in New Zealand – a potted summary of…
The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 came into effect from 1 April 2020. These regulations establish a scheme for licencing…
Article \ 26 Nov 2020
Pesky pandemics and patents: how the conventional patent approach appears…
Over 70 vaccines and 150 drugs are currently being developed by various entities in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Any…
Article \ 18 Nov 2020
Proposed changes to New Zealand intellectual property laws
The New Zealand Government has recently proposed several amendments to New Zealand’s intellectual property laws, including the Patents Act 2013 (PA), the…