Henry Hughes Law named finalist in New Zealand Law Awards 2020

Henry Hughes Law is a boutique IP law firm associated with Henry Hughes IP, and is proud to have been named a finalist in the Western Union Business Solution Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year category in the New Zealand Law Awards 2020.


Directors David Moore and Elena Szentivanyi are proud of the history of notable successes in patent and trade mark cases since the establishment of the law firm in 1991. One important recent case is Crocodile International Pte Ltd v Lacoste. This involved a successful Supreme Court appeal, establishing that there is no residual court discretion under section 66(1) of the Trade Marks Act 2002 not to revoke a trade mark registration, despite grounds for revocation having been established. The importance of this decision has been reinforced with subsequent amendment of the Trade Marks Act on 13 January 2020 in line with our arguments.

Henry Hughes Law's philosophy is centred in a belief that court cases are not a mark of achievement from a client perspective. This philosophy is seen in action with our strong tradition of resolving cases prior to court action where a beneficial result for the client can be achieved.

The final stage of judging is by an independent panel of judges who will assess and provide each finalist with a score according to the category criteria. The finalist with the highest score in the category will win. The winners will be announced at a gala evening in to be held in Auckland on 12 November 2020.


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