Thomas helps clients to maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights and to resolve disputes relating to those rights.
Thomas is a principal based out of our Wellington office. He specialises 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.
Recognised for his expertise, Thomas has been named ‘Up and Coming’ by Chambers & Partners, an ‘IP Star’ by Managing IP, and is among the top 12 individuals in New Zealand for enforcement and litigation by World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 2021. He 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 Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service.
Thomas is a Committee member for the IPSANZ National and Trans-Tasman Committees, former IPSANZ Treasurer and current Vice President. He is also a member of the International Wine Law Association known as the AIDV (Association internationale des juristes du droit de la vigne et du vin), regularly dealing with issues relating to geographical indications and wine
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:
- the only New Zealand lawyer named as ‘Up and Coming’ in the Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2023 and 2024 Guide.
- named among the best intellectual property lawyers in New Zealand 2023 and 2024 by bestlawyers.com.
- named in the 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2019 editions of Managing IP's IP STARS as a 'rising star'.
- named a Top 10 Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers in New Zealand 2023 by Business Today.
- highlighted among top 12 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.
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.
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
Article \ 4 Oct 2023
What’s in a name – and who can use it?…
Nadene Lomu, widow of the famous All Black number 11, Jonah Lomu, has brought to light her complaints about a potential documentary covering her late husband, arguing that anything to do with her husband must be approved and cleared through her as the owner of trade marks filed to protect the Jonah Lomu name.
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. Baldwins (now 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.