Teresa is a patent expert and consultant of AJ Park. She combines her knowledge of intellectual property (IP) law, and biotechnological and pharmaceutical inventions to help her clients protect their innovations.
Teresa is a consultant in the life sciences team and works at the interface of science and law. She specialises in IP law for biotechnological and pharmaceutical inventions.
Teresa advises on all areas of patent practice, including identifying inventions, providing patentability advice, drafting patent specifications, and managing international filing programmes, as well as prosecuting applications, and defending and investigating opposition and infringement proceedings.
She uses her knowledge and expertise to develop strategic IP management plans to suit her clients’ unique commercial objectives. Teresa represents the Australasian patent interests of local research organisations and major overseas pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and plays a strategic role in the management of their IP portfolios.
A self-described analytical introvert, Teresa loves working through complex issues to find a practical solution. Her clients range from international companies, law firms and CRIs, through to small start-ups. She enjoys working with people who care about what they are doing and are interested in learning, and likes to partner with clients to help them achieve their objectives.
Among the highlights of Teresa’s career are building a qualified and capable team of patent professionals, and handling patent protection in Australia and New Zealand for some of the world’s top-selling biotech products.
It’s so satisfying to see cutting-edge science converted into life-saving products, or to see how IP rights can underpin a business from start-up to public listing.
Experience and credentials
Teresa has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Canterbury. She became interested in IP while on a SWAP scheme to the US when she read about Harvard University patenting the OncoMouse for cancer research. On returning to New Zealand in 1988, Teresa began her long career at AJ Park, during which she studied to become a patent attorney, and completed her law degree. In 1998, she joined the partnership.
Teresa’s recent professional accolades include selection by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand in 2019, 2020 and 2022 for IP law and biotechnology law. In 2017, she was ranked as a leading patent lawyer in Expert Guides.
- BSc (BioChem), Canterbury University (1987)
- LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (1994)
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Teresa Griffiths's insights
Article \ 28 Mar 2022
Access to microorganism deposits under the Budapest Treaty
To obtain a patent, the invention must be disclosed in a manner that is clear enough and complete enough for it to be performed by a person skilled in the art — this is called the “disclosure requirement”. For many inventions, this can be satisfied through drawings and a text description. But for inventions based on microorganisms, a sample of the microorganism may be required to ensure repeatability.
Article \ 2 Oct 2019
Changes to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand’s fees…
In 2018, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) carried out a review of its fees, with a view to providing…
Article \ 23 Sep 2019
Australian Federal Court confirms that diagnostic methods remain patentable inventions…
In a welcome decision, the Australian Federal Court has confirmed in Sequenom, Inc. v Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc.  FCA 1011 that diagnostic…
Article \ 4 Feb 2019
New Zealand accedes to the Budapest Treaty for microorganism deposits
New Zealand acceded to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure…
Article \ 4 Dec 2018
An update on the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand’s…
Earlier this year, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) carried out a review of its fees, with a view to…
Article \ 3 Dec 2018
Changes to New Zealand’s intellectual property legislation coming into force…
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has now been ratified, and a number of intellectual property legislation changes will…
Article \ 4 Jun 2015
Microorganism deposit requirements
The new New Zealand Patents Act and accompanying Regulations came into force on 13 September 2014. The new legislation creates some issues…