James & Wells growing with the Bay

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After substantial growth in the last year, intellectual property (IP) firm James & Wells has moved to a new CBD office in Grey Street.

Growing from a team of two to a team of eight in a reasonably short timeframe, meant our old office was no longer fit for purpose,” said partner Ian Finch.

“While we enjoyed being part of the Smart Business Centre, it will be great having custom-built premises with plenty of space to host staff, clients and colleagues.”

As New Zealand’s leading privately owned intellectual property law practice, and the NZ Law Awards IP Specialist Law Firm of the year, James & Wells is proud to have been supporting innovation in the Bay for more than 20 years.

“Over this time there has been a substantial increase in activity, both in business from the Bay and from overseas clients,” said Finch. “Having a larger team based in Tauranga will allow us to serve more of our local clients from the local office, rather than from Hamilton or Auckland.”

Greater need for IP advice

Nigel Tutt from Priority One added: “It’s great to see continued business growth in the Western Bay of Plenty, reflected in a greater need for intellectual property expertise. We know first-hand the value that James & Wells can add to businesses. Their additional capability will certainly strengthen the community.”

With a multi-disciplined team of specialists on the ground in Tauranga, including trade mark attorneys, patent attorneys and IP lawyers, James & Wells works closely its clients to identify and maximise the value of their intellectual property.

Whether a company is developing new plant variety rights, machinery, software-as-a-service, or an artisan food or beverage brand, James & Wells’ team can help plan how to protect and commercialise it. Many of the firm’s clients in the Bay are successful exporters and the team works with them to ensure that their IP rights are secured and maintained in overseas markets in a timely manner.

James & Wells has a well-established network of overseas counterparts to help protect clients’ IP internationally.

“In recent years we’ve also built up a specialist Asia division to assist clients doing business in, or looking for investment from, Asia,” said Finch. “We now have four professionals in our team, all fluent in Mandarin, as well as speakers of Japanese and Korean. If your sights are set on exporting into or securing investment from Asia, we can help you.”

James & Wells has New Zealand’s largest dedicated IP litigation practice on hand to assist with any kind of IP strife. With internationally recognised expertise and a proven track-record, the team helps clients of all sizes resolve IP and fair trading disputes.

James & Wells can now be reached at Level 3, 35 Grey Street. Phone number 07 928 4470 and email  tauranga@jamesandwells.com  are unchanged.

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