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Working predominantly in intellectual property law, Nils’ clients are often at a point where they are developing a new product or business. It is the special energy that comes from being part of building something with his clients that makes Nils passionate about what he does.
Assisting clients with all facets of intellectual property, Nils’ passion for the area sees him enthusiastically manoeuvre through the technical complexities, ensuring any advice presented is pragmatic and workable. Starting with a client’s desired outcome and working his way backwards, Nils focuses on determining the best way to achieve that.
“Clients don’t come to us with legal problems; they come to us with business problems. It’s our job to figure out the legal principles underpinning the problem so we can provide them with a solution.”
This is also not the first time Nils has worked in the south east region, making a return to the area after almost 20 years.
consumer terms and conditions
intellectual property disputes
manufacturing and distribution agreements
terms and conditions of sale
trade marks, copyright and design
website terms and conditions
Nils helped a client when look-alike versions of its products were being sold in India, threatening relations with the local distributor. Nils was able to identify the Indian manufacturer and secure an undertaking not to produce any more look-alike products. However many of the products were already in circulation and listed by resellers on third party marketplace websites sites. Nils was able to persuade a number of the marketplaces to take down the offending listings on the basis of infringement of the client’s copyright in the product packaging. This was all achieved without having to resort to litigation and despite the client not having previously registered its copyright in India.
When a client’s trade mark application in New Zealand was blocked by an earlier trade mark registration belonging to a Japanese car manufacturer, Nils applied to revoke the car manufacturer’s trade mark on the basis that it been unused for the past few years. Nils was then able to negotiate for the car manufacturer’s consent to his client’s trade mark application, allowing the trade mark to be registered without having to continue pursuing the revocation application.