James is a principal in AJ Park’s Auckland life sciences patent team. A patent attorney with a background in organic chemistry, James specialises in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law for chemical innovations, but also handles patent applications in a wide range of other technical fields. He has an in-depth knowledge of the patent system and a track record in providing valued advice and quality client service.
James’s role involves filing and prosecuting patent applications, drafting patent specifications, advising clients on patent filing strategies, patent validity and infringement issues, and conducting patentability and freedom to operate searches on their behalf.
Hard-working and detail-focused, James enjoys helping clients protect their technology, and derives huge satisfaction from seeing their important innovations protected. His clients include overseas associates and corporates, as well as local companies and individuals. James endeavours to see things from his clients’ perspectives so he can deliver the support they need in order to make the most informed decisions about their IP protection.
James has a first class honours degree in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry. After his PhD, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland and then did further postdoctoral research in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of York, England.