Thomas helps clients to maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights and to resolve disputes relating to those rights.
Thomas is a barrister and solicitor specialising in all areas of intellectual property, from protection and maintenance through to enforcement. His focus is on dispute resolution, whether by way of negotiation, mediation, or official resolution channels.
Named ‘one to watch’ by the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and a ‘Rising Star’ by Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Thomas has represented clients at all levels of the New Zealand Courts from High Court through Supreme Court, and the New Zealand and Australian Intellectual Property Offices, as well as before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, and the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Service.
Thomas is a Council member for the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys, a Committee member for the IPSANZ National and Trans-Tasman Committees, and the current IPSANZ Treasurer.
Before joining Baldwins (now AJ Park) in late 2010, Thomas was a researcher of human memory error and eyewitness testimony for the Innocence Project New Zealand and the Victoria University School of Psychology. In late 2012, he was seconded as a copyright and media policy consultant at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Thomas’ recent industry accolades include being:
- highlighted among top individuals in World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 2021 for enforcement and litigation
- named in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500 as a Key Lawyer in New Zealand intellectual property
- named in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of Managing IP's Rising Stars, produced by the IP Stars research team.
He is absolutely fantastic. Young, incredibly smart, his legal analysis is great. Thomas is an exceptional lawyer. His advice is considered, sound and relevant. He is like the captain of a ship in stormy waters; calm and providing clear guidance at all times. His expert guidance is invaluable.- WTR 1000 2021
- recognised in WTR 1000 2022 as a bronze individual for enforcement & litigation.
- selected as an influencing IP lawyer in New Zealand 2022 by Asia IP
- selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers in New Zealand™ in the field of IP law.
Thomas is locally known due to his enthusiasm and support for local artists and artisans – from those involved in food and beverage goods and services, to those in the art, film and music industries. He is passionate about helping creative people and businesses.
- BA (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington (2010)
- BSc (Hons) (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington (2010)
- LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (2010)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
Thomas Huthwaite 's insights
News \ 8 Mar 2022
Q&A with Thomas Huthwaite, recently named in NZ Lawyer’s Rising Star List
Thomas Huthwaite was recently named in NZ Lawyer’s Rising Star List. He is a talented lawyer and emerging leader in the IP litigation space. With an impressive resume, Thomas has represented clients at all levels of the New Zealand Courts from High Court through to Supreme Court, and the New Zealand and Australian Intellectual Property Offices. He has represented clients before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Service.
Client story \ 1 Oct 2020
CC’s corn chips – saving a Kiwi favourite
The CC’s corn chips brand has been a Kiwi icon since the 1980s. When production of Bluebird’s CC’s was suspended for a few years, a competitor attempted to acquire the brand on the basis of non-use. AJ Park helped Bluebird retain its trade mark registrations and CC’s are once again part of the Kiwi summer.
Article \ 28 Aug 2019
This “Dark Horse” decision is anything but “Joyful Noise” for…
In July 2014, Marcus Gray, the rapper better known by his stage name “Flame” filed proceedings against Katy Perry. Gray alleged that Perry’s song Dark Horse infringed copyright in his original work, Joyful Noise. To many, it seemed like just another allegation against a famous artist, based on the vibe of a lesser known song.
Article \ 25 Jun 2019
Submissions Invited on Proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill
On 4 June 2019 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (“MBIE”) released a discussion paper inviting submissions on a range of issues, which may be addressed in a proposed omnibus bill amending New Zealand’s patent, trade mark, and registered design legislation. The Copyright Act 1994 is the subject of a separate ongoing review.
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.
Client story \ 31 May 2019
Harley-Davidson - a brand with worldwide appeal
Harley-Davidson is one of the most successful and famous motorcycle brands in the world. In Australia and New Zealand, we administer Harley-Davidson’s brands and customs notices, in addition to actively enforcing the company’s intellectual property rights. We also works closely with customs officials to combat the importation of any counterfeit Harley-Davidson products.
Article \ 15 Jan 2019
Additional damages for flagrant copyright infringement welcomed by performing right…
In the past, copyright infringers may have thought that there was little risk to waiting for a lawsuit before considering a licence. However, the High Court has now signalled that significant additional damages can, and will, be awarded in cases that warrant increased penalty: Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd v 3228 Business Ltd  NZHC 3088.
Client story \ 1 Jan 2018
Visa Wellington On a Plate - a recipe for success
Visa Wellington On A Plate, Visa WOAP, is an annual, region-wide, 17-day culinary extravaganza. Bringing together hundreds of businesses and restaurants, the festival’s events include a dining programme, pop-ups, chef collaborations, a cocktail competition, a burger competition, and Beervana – a two-day celebration of craft beer attracting 16,000 people alone.