Christopher Young
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Intellectual Property
88 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010
09 353 9910
Main Practice Area

Intellectual Property


Christopher Young heads the intellectual property team and brings significant expertise to his widely recognised IP practice. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation.  He is repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer in leading legal directories including Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Managing IP and WIPR for a strategic and commercial approach to IP over a wide range of areas.

He advises clients in a broad range of industries including FMCG, fashion/apparel, publishing, food and beverage, liquor, advertising and marketing, retail, TMT, aviation, automotive, banking and financial services, entertainment, agriculture/horticulture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy.

With over 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of his practice.

He also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios both nationally and internationally including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands and counterfeits strategies, coupled with extensive experience with the Fair Trading Act, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, passing off and trade mark oppositions.  Chris’ expertise in IP dispute resolution and strategy sees him co-ordinate litigation strategy and provide strategic and technical advice to clients and supporting our litigation legal teams.

He also advises on film and television production acting for a range of major US studios. He advises on regulatory work in the pharmaceutical and other medical sectors.

Chris has extensive international networks including through the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Bar Association. He has been actively involved with INTA for many years and has been appointed to a range of INTA’s committees, including, having previously chaired INTA’s East Asia Pacific Famous Marks subcommittee and he is currently appointed to INTA’s Internet Committee, the Parallel Imports Committee and the Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council.


Named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners in 2017, we're a leading full service law firm with the expertise to help your team achieve your business objectives. 

We have a dedicated IP practice and a leading internationally recognised team. We are unique in the New Zealand market as we are part of an Australasian practice. We work closely with the Minter Ellison Legal Group’s IP practice, which is a strong and experienced team.

We have a wide range of clients, industries and work types for both local and international companies (including privately owned, SMEs and large public and multinational companies). We advise on all aspects of IP work, (but not patent prosecution). Best known for:

  • Commercialisation of IP, including structuring, licensing, using IP as security, IP financing, and effective tax structures
  • Branding strategy, trade mark registration and portfolio management locally and internationally
  • IP aspects of a wide range of major corporate transactions, including IP due diligence, preparing due diligence reports, and dealing with IP in commercial transactions, including negotiating IP aspects of sale and purchase contracts and licensing resulting from the transaction (mergers, acquisitions, asset transfers, licensing, joint ventures, development agreements, and capital raisings)
  • IP dispute resolution and litigation including trade mark, copyright, Fair Trading Act, passing-off, confidential information
  • Marketing and advertising 


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