James & Wells promotes patents and IP specialist to partner

New partner specialises in strategy development, implementation, and portfolio management

James & Wells promotes patents and IP specialist to partner
David Macaskill

James & Wells has announced the promotion of patents and intellectual property (IP) specialist David Macaskill to partner at the firm’s Hamilton and Tauranga offices.

Macaskill is an IP lawyer and patent attorney who specialises in strategy development, implementation, and portfolio management. While he has a background in chemistry, his patent practice encompasses a wider range of areas – including mechanical and process engineering, chemistry, medical products, and material science.

Additionally, Macaskill has worked with some of New Zealand’s leading businesses to help them develop IP strategies that maximise commercial value. This includes understanding the intersection between different forms of IP protection and applying the most effective mechanisms for achieving commercial goals.

Managing Partner Tim Walden, managing partner at James & Wells, said that the promotion reflects the firm’s ongoing expansion and “commitment to maintaining its position as one of Australasia’s leading independent IP firms.”

“Dave has been with James & Wells since 2005 and has experience working across almost all areas of the business,” said Walden. “Dave has made a sustained and significant contribution to the firm and his broad skills have only enhanced his natural aptitude for educating and communicating with business and with numerous organisations, including Callaghan Innovation, Enterprise Angels, Export NZ, and the Maori Economic Forum.”

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