Richard heads the firm's IP/ICT National Practice Group. 

He advises a number of the world's leading companies in the FMCG, pharmaceutical, IT, and sports industries. His practice covers both non-contentious and contentious IP, life sciences and sport.

Richard is one of New Zealand’s most renowned IP lawyers.  Acting for a number of leading brands in the FMCG and sports industries, Richard has co-ordinated trade mark protection, enforcement and border protection measures for numerous household names, both in New Zealand and abroad.  Richard has appeared in a number of New Zealand’s leading trade mark appeal cases, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  He has also been involved in a number of New Zealand's most significant patent disputes, in the pharmaceutical and construction industries.

Richard is also regarded as one of the leading life sciences lawyers in New Zealand, particularly in relation to the regulation and commercialisation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  Richard works with a number of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and research institutions, particularly in relation to negotiation of supply deals to PHARMAC and regulatory approval of medicines.  This work includes development and implementation of IP commercialisation strategies for leading local and international businesses.

Richard is also highly regarded in IT and new technologies, having advised a number of the world's favourite brands in relation to the launch of their new electronic and web products in New Zealand.  

Richard is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and is the New Zealand Vice-Chair of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). 

He is also a committee member of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Additional accolades

The International Who's Who Legal 2023

  • Life Sciences - Global Leader, Patent litigation
  • Global Leader, Trade marks

WTR1000 - World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2023

  • Leading Individual, New Zealand: Enforcement and Litigation
  • Leading Individual, New Zealand: Strategy and Prosecution

MIP Managing Intellectual Property awards

  • Trade Marks Star 2022
  • Patent Star 2022
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024
Intellectual Property

Leading Lawyer (Hall of Fame)

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024
Intellectual Property & Sports Law

Leading Lawyer

Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide
Intellectual Property

Market-leading Lawyer

IAM Patent 1000

Recommended, Patent Litigation and Licensing

Work Highlights

NZ Rugby  

Advising on IP aspects of the equity investment by Silver Lake in NZ Rugby, including the trade mark and commercialisation strategy.

Energy Beverages  

Appearing for Energy Beverages in Court of Appeal litigation against Frucor Beverages relating to registrability of the colour green as a trade mark for energy drinks.

NZ Olympic Committee  

Brand protection and ambush marketing strategy for summer and winter Olympic Games, and Commonwealth Games.


Advising on clinical trials and negotiation of PHARMAC supply deals for key patented medicines.

The a2 Milk Company 

Overseeing the global trade mark prosecution strategy, and litigation regarding protection of a2 MILK and other strategic marks.


Strategic IP advice surrounding launch of new technologies in New Zealand.

Novartis AG 

Strategic patent litigation advice regarding key medicines.


Advising on urgent supply deal for key Covid-19 anti-viral medicines and PHARMAC and Medsafe regulatory issues.

Procter & Gamble 

New Zealand border protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy.

Austin Nichols (Wild Turkey bourbon)  

Appeared in the Supreme Court of New Zealand in New Zealand's leading trade mark case.

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