Andrew Brown QC


Telephone: +64 9 366 6139

Mobile: +64 21 806 956

[email protected]

Post: PO Box 2815, Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1140.

Andrew is at the forefront of intellectual property and civil litigation work in New Zealand. An Auckland and Oxford-educated former Rhodes Scholar, he has been at the independent  bar since 1998. Formerly he was a litigation partner at Russell McVeagh.

Intellectual Property Specialist

As a specialist in intellectual property, Andrew has handled extensive litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – as well as numerous cases in the Trade Mark and Patent Office (IPONZ).  Chambers Asia Pacific states that Andrew “is well known for IP and IT litigation and is widely viewed as an authority in these areas.” Andrew has wide-ranging experience in copyright, patent, trade mark and trade secrets litigation – along with experience in trade mark applications and oppositions and branding advice and strategies.   He regularly handles interim injunction and other applications for urgent relief.

Advisor on Copyright and Licensing Issues

Andrew has also advised extensively on copyright and licensing issues and has done considerable work in the fields of music and sound recording copyright, publishing and before the Copyright Tribunal.

He has published a leading text on intellectual property and is the New Zealand editor of the Intellectual Property Reports (Lexis Nexis) as well as publishing regular updates on intellectual property in the New Zealand Law Review  and IP Forum. His website is widely consulted and contains a substantial volume of case notes and articles on intellectual property.

Andrew was a previous Australasian President of IPSANZ and serves on the New Zealand committee. He is Chair of Experts for the .nz domain name disputes panel and is also on the WIPO UDRP panel.

Recent and Notable Cases

  • Red Bull New Zealand Limited v Drink Red Limited [2016] NZCA 373
  • Honey New Zealand (International) Limited v Director General of the Ministry for Primary Industries [2016] NZCA 141, [2016] NZAR 636
  • Probus South Pacific Limited v Probus New Zealand Inc [2015] NZHC 2250, (2015) 114 IPR 630
  • Copyright Licensing Limited v The University of Auckland & Ors Copyright Tribunal, (2015) 113 IPR 611 CA
  • The Cooperative Bank Ltd v Anderson (2014) 109 IPR 111
  • The Coca-Cola Company v Frucor (2013) 104 IPR 432
  • AA Insurance Limited & Ors v AMI Insurance Limited (2011) 95 IPR 633
  • InterPharma (NZ) Limited v Commissioner of Patents & Ors  (2011) 95 IPR 609
  • The Zone Corporation Limited v American Express Marketing & Development CorporationWellington High Court, Dobson J, 7 September 2011
  • The Muir Electrical Company Pty Ltd v The Good Guys Group Limited (No 2) (2011) 91 IPR 673
  • Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc v Sheppard Industries Limited & Anor [2011] 2 NZLR 242, [2011] 3 NZLR 620 CA
  • Phonographic Performances (NZ) Limited v RadioWorks Limited and The Radio Network of New Zealand Limited Copyright Tribunal, 19 May 2010
  • Huhtamaki Australia Pty Ltd v Seda SpA Auckland High Court, CIV 2010-485-0509
  • Frucor Beverages Limited v Red Bull GmbH & Anor  (2010) 88 IPR 198
  • NV Sumatra Tobacco Trading Co v British American Tobacco  (2010) 86 IPR 206 CA
  • Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v Weyerhaeuser Ltd Auckland High Court, CIV 2009-485-244
  • The Muir Electrical Company Limited v The Good Guys Group Limited Auckland High Court, Lang J, 18 December 2009
  • Stichting Lodestar v Austin, Nichols & Co Inc (2007) 74 IPR 452 SCNZ
  • DB Breweries Limited v Lion Nathan Limited Auckland High Court, 9 November 2007, Harrison J
  • Lennox Hearth Products Ltd v Burley Appliances Ltd CA 702/07
  • KK Sony Computer Entertainment v Van Veen & Anor (2006) 71 IPR 179
  • EDL Fasteners Ltd & Anor v Allfast Solutions Limited & Anor Auckland High Court, CIV 2006-404-2282
  • ABB Ltd & Ors v New Zealand Insulators Ltd (2007) 74 IPR 172
  • Imax Corporation v Village Roadshow Corporation Ltd HC Auckland CIV 2005-404-003248
  • Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals Ltd & Or v Eli Lilly and Company & Anor (2005) 66 IPR 661; (2005) 68 IPR 207 CA
  • Re Pfizer, Inc (2004) 60 IPR 624 CA
  • Benchmark Building Supplies Limited v Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited (2003) 58 IPR 407 CA
  • Copyright Licensing Limited v University of Auckland & Others (2002) 53 IPR 618
  • Advantage Computers Limited v Advantage Group Limited & Ors High Court Auckland, CL 41/99, 28 June 2002
  • Advantage Group Limited & Ors v Advantage Computers Limited [2002] 3 NZLR 64

Qualifications and Career

University of Auckland: LL.B (Hons)
University of Oxford: BCL(First Class)
Rhodes Scholar


Queens Counsel 2002
1978 – 1998 – Partner, Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co
Consultant in Russell McVeagh West-Walker patent attorneys.



  • Director of Legal Research Foundation since 2014
  • Chair of Experts for New Zealand Domain Name Resolution Service
  • WIPO Domain Name Panelist for UDRP Domain Name Disputes
  • Member of Intellectual Property Committee of New Zealand Law Society
  • Past President of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • New Zealand Committee member of IPSANZ since 1995
  • Editorial Board of New Zealand Law Review
  • Fellow of Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
  • Member of INTA, AIPLA, IBA and AIPPI
  • Assoc. Member NZ Institute of Patent Attorneys


  • Co-author of Law of Intellectual Property in New Zealand (Butterworths)
  • New Zealand editor of Intellectual Property Reports (LexisNexis Australia)
  • Editor of New Zealand Intellectual Property Reports
  • Intellectual property contributor to New Zealand Law Review
  • New Zealand contributor to IP Forum (quarterly, Australia)
  • Contributor to New Zealand Law Society, IPSANZ and Legal Research Foundation seminars


  • Leading practitioner in the International Who’s Who Legal:  Patents 2013-2014
  • Leading practitioner in the International Who’s Who Legal:  Sciences Lawyers 2013-2014
  • Expert Guides (Trade Marks) 2014