Victoria is a leading trade marks specialist with extensive international experience, advising on brand strategy and portfolio management across a broad range of industries.
Victoria has been practising in the field of intellectual property law for nearly 20 years in the UK, Europe and New Zealand, working with a wide spectrum of clients, from small start-ups to the some of world’s biggest brands.
She is a true trade mark expert, advising on brand strategy, trade mark filing and prosecution, and enforcement of trade marks across various industries, including cosmetics and toiletries, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, animal health and computer software.
Victoria first qualified as a solicitor in the UK, and worked at major law firms in London and Paris where she advised clients on their local and global protection and enforcement strategies. Since moving to New Zealand, she has continued to advise many local and internationally renowned brands on their protection, portfolio structuring, enforcement and border protection measures. Victoria is knowledgeable, precise and trusted by clients to be commercial and strategic.
Victoria was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2021 in the field of IP law.
After studying and working in France, Victoria is passionate about French culture, and as a past President, remains an honorary member of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. She also speaks fluent German. Victoria is a keen golfer, and more recently, tries to fit in a regular yoga practice.
- LLM (Commercial Law), Grenoble University, France (1995)
- PGDip in Intellectual Property Law, Commercial
- Agreements and New Technologies, Grenoble University, France (1996)
- PGDip in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University (2001)
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
- Registered Trade Marks Attorney (Australia)
Victoria Watts's insights
\ 3 Aug 2021
AJ Park’s continued recognition for excellence and expertise
We’re pleased to be named amongst the very best in the most recent rankings for Best Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP…
Article \ 10 Jun 2021
Is anyone above the © law? A holy row between…
In a time of global crisis amid pandemics and economic instability, you might not expect intellectual property issues to attract global attention.…
Article \ 9 Apr 2021
Madrid trade mark registrations in Zambia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and…
International trade mark registrations through the Madrid Protocol System (MPS) do not carry any legal force in Zambia, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho…
Article \ 24 Mar 2021
IP dispute between Taylor Swift and US theme park turns…
“Taylor Swift” (image cropped) by Eve Rinaldi licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0Does a scorpion sting when fighting back? Yes, according to the…
Article \ 23 Feb 2021
New Zealand signs the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
This article discusses the impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement on geographical indications (GIs) and Māori traditional knowledge in…
Article \ 27 Jan 2021
Rules for owning Australian domain names are changing
The rules for owning Australian domain names are changing from 12 April 2021. This will affect businesses who currently own .com.au or…
Article \ 19 Jan 2021
The brands and the bees: trade marks and the Mānuka…
The global honey market is estimated to be worth over US$8 billion dollars, and Mānuka honey is the industry’s “Queen Bee”. Mānuka…