Office Hours is your opportunity to spend time one-on-one with local, professional service providers and entrepreneurs who give their time to help you take the next steps to success, making sure you know what you did not know you needed to know.

You can book a free, one-off, 45 minute Office Hour session with James & Wells to find out what you didn't know about Intellectual Property matters affecting your business.

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive a Pre-Office Hours questionnaire to fill in at least 24 hours before your session.

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This one on one session is made available as part of the PoweringON programme

About James & Wells:

'James & Wells are THE champions of Kiwi innovation.  Back in 1979 James & Wells was a one man band, now we’ve grown to be the dominant intellectual property firm acting for New Zealanders.*  We understand business.  We understand Kiwi business.  We understand intellectual property law, after all we wrote the book.    
Why are we so passionate? Well, it’s sad but true, historically Kiwis haven’t made the most of their great ideas. Maybe because most people don’t realise that 80% of the value of their business is in intangible assets.  This is why we have focused our firm on helping our clients make the most of these valuable assets.   So yes, we’re intellectual property experts, but we are also business strategists, scientists, engineers, accountants, lawyers and commercialisation specialists. We’re all committed to the same goal – making sure Kiwi innovation makes it big on the world stage.'

*And we have the statistics to prove it!

About the James & Wells Senior Associate you will meet at Office Hours:

David Macaskill - James & Wells Senior Associate

David is a member of the Hamilton and Tauranga Trade Marks and Patents teams.  He advises both start-ups and established businesses on intellectual property protection strategies, and manages the process of securing and enforcing rights. A key part of his practice is strategy considerations and portfolio management.
David’s expertise includes all aspects of patent and trade mark law, considering freedom to operate, protectability, and filing strategies. He has also completed due diligence projects for vendors and purchasers, advised companies raising capital from angel investors and venture capital firms, and developed intellectual property strategies to maximise return from an exit strategy.
In his spare time, David plays the saxophone in several bands around the North Island. He is also actively involved in the arts community in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions and he is Chair of the Hamilton Gardens’ Festival of Art.

DisclaimerThe information and advice you receive from James & Wells at the Office Hours| Intellectual Property will be provided for general informational purposes only. No information or advice provided should be construed as legal advice from James & Wells or the individual senior advisor attending the Office Hours| Intellectual Property and is not intended to be a substitute for specific legal advice on any subject matter. In attending the Office Hours| Intellectual Property you do so on the basis that neither James & Wells nor the individual lawyers providing the Office Hours| Intellectual Property service nor Venture Centre accept any liability for the information or advice provided. If you propose to act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information or advice provided at a Office Hours| Intellectual Property you do so at your own risk. Venture Centre recommends that you should first seek appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue on the basis of formal instructions to a lawyer of your choosing.


PoweringON is a Business Owner focused initiative delivered by Venture Centre with the support of PriorityOne and Tauranga City Council. This programme contributes to Venture Centre commitment to be part of growing a prosperous region where everyone can access, participate in and benefit from digital technologies and entrepreneurship.


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