Welcome to Zone Patents.

We protect what you create.

Welcome to Zone Patents, Patent Attorneys to protect your IP in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.

Welcome to Zone Patents, Patent Attorneys to protect your IP in New Zealand, Australia.

Zone Patents is a Patent Attorney firm and the latest addition to the Zone Group of IP businesses. The Zone Group which is headed by Zone Law, an Intellectual Property and business law firm, is a globally established firm and highly regarded within the Intellectual Property field.

Zone understands that protecting inventions in this competitive and global market is essential for all businesses. We have worked with local New Zealand businesses as well as overseas companies and firms for many years and bring extensive skills and experience to the table.

Zone Patents provides a full range of patent services, from drafting patent specifications, patent novelty and freedom-to-operate searching, through to patent oppositions and specialist patent litigation services. Zone Patents has a particular strength in the life sciences.

Our People

Julie Ballance

Julie has over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer and patent attorney. During her career, Julie has represented a wide variety of clients including many well-known multinationals, particularly in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as universities and New Zealand-based innovators.

Julie is a registered Patent Attorney and qualified lawyer with an honours degree in Chemistry. She is a well-respected Notary Public and Special Counsel at Zone Law. Julie is a member of the NZ Law Society, New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys, INTA, FICPI and AIPPI.

Earlier in her career, Julie served as President of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys and as a member of Australia’s Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys. She has consistently been recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading patent practitioners, having been recommended in a number of publications, including IAM’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

“We are modern and innovative in our approach yet grounded in timeless values. Listening carefully to discover the nuances that make your ideas unique – that is how we ensure that you get the best ROI and scope for your patents.

Your brilliant ideas and your business goals are at the heart of a sound patent protection. There is a whole world out there, waiting for your innovation. Balancing this with the importance of protecting your ideas is my total focus.

As you discover new ways of serving your clients, we are here to help you protect and nurture your ideas so that you can confidently release them to the world.”

Theodore Doucas

Theodore is an intellectual property lawyer and former Assistant Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. With a background in owning and running businesses, Theodore has also managed his own successful intellectual property practise and is a consultant for the intellectual property consultancy Zone IP.

His particular area of expertise is Trade Marks prosecution and disputes and he is a member of IPSANZ and INTA.

An entrepreneur and business owner in his own right, Theodore is passionate about leading a law firm that is motivated to achieve successful outcomes for clients that are good for business – rather than law for law’s sake.

“It doesn’t always have to be about courts and legal action – there are other ways to reach resolutions and find solutions. Getting bogged down in the law and legalities is not good for business, so our primary goal is to help clients be successful.

All of us are in business doing something we love, but occasionally roadblocks arise that can take the joy and passion out of business. Our aim is to get our clients back doing what they love to do as quickly and simply as possible.”

Jeremy Hunter

Jeremy is a lawyer and a Patent Attorney having run his own successful commercial practice for 12 years. He started his career in a large intellectual property law firm where he gained experience in trademark, licensing and franchise law and brings a wealth of broad business law expertise to Zone Law.

Since then he has developed a particular interest in business, e-commerce, contract and commercial law as well as advising charities in relation to intellectual property, commercial arrangements and compliance obligations.

Jeremy’s experience is across an extensive range of intellectual property, commercial and business law (including property, trusts, and alternative dispute resolution) with a particular interest in contract negotiations. Jeremy is also a member of NZIPA and IPSANZ.

“At Zone Law we’re actually creating something unique because we can look for intellectual property solutions across a broader range of expertise, for example in the areas of marketing, contract, company, trust, copyright, employment and even property law. By this I mean that clients may come to us thinking that intellectual property is the issue, but our broad experience means we can identify opportunities and solutions in other areas of the law. The answer may in fact be in the Companies Act instead of the Trademarks Act, it might even be a commercial rather than a legal answer. We like to find practical solutions rather than simply looking at what the law can do for someone.”

The Zone Group

Contact Zone Patents

Contact Zone Patents
Zone Patents Wellington

Level 14
109-125 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

Zone Patents Auckland

Suite 25, St Kevin’s
183 Karangahape Road
Auckland 1010

Postal Address:

New Zealand
PO Box 24058
Wellington 6142