Tom has worked in the intellectual property field since 1986 and is vastly experienced in all areas of patent, trade mark and design law. Tom has a BSc (Physics) and his main areas of expertise are in the agricultural, viticultural, mechanical and electrical fields. He also has extensive experience in trade mark law and practice, and intellectual property searching.
Prior to joining Pipers, Tom worked as an Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) in the patents and designs team as well as the trade marks team. During his tenure at IPONZ, Tom also played a role in advising on the drafting of the New Trade marks Act. He also worked in Australia in Pipers former Brisbane Office where he gained significant experience in Australian intellectual property law and practice.
Tom is a Fellow of the NZIPA (and is presently a Member of Council). He is also a member of IPSANZ, APAA and BNI and is pleased to be part of the IPONZ Patent and Trademark Technical Focus Groups that consider and provide advice on Patent and Trade mark policy and practice.