He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981. After practicing law in New Zealand for a few years, he moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he worked as a Commercial Litigator. He then went to the Bar in Melbourne for five years before returning to New Zealand, where he commenced his private practice in 1998. He has been admitted to practice in both New Zealand and Australian jurisdictions.
He has worked extensively on IP litigation matters in both Australia and New Zealand. He has been involved in cases relating to breaches of Copyright, Trade Marks, Patents and Registered Designs, and Confidentiality Agreements. Other cases have involved common law actions of passing-off and breaches in relation to misleading and deceptive conduct under the Trade Practices Act of Australia and similar provisions under the Fair Trading Acts of Victoria and New Zealand, respectively.
Cases he has been involved in have covered a wide range of subject matter such as musical copyright, architectural designs, building techniques, fruit peelers, clothing, wine labels, business names and business information. He has also prepared submissions on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association on Trade Mark matters. He was a witness to the 1994 Australian Senate Inquiry into the protection of Olympic words and symbols.
Tony brings substantial experience in IP and commercial law matters to our New Zealand Office.