Kate Duckworth is an intellectual property law expert. She specialises in copyright, trade marks, domain names, patents and designs. She assists clients in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, as well as in designing strategies and giving commercial advice for her clients including drafting agreements like licences, manufacturing, settlement, confidentiality, publishing and sale and purchase agreements.
She has over 15 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution. She also brings experience in having represented clients at more than 5o hearings before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand and in more than 20 hearings before the High Courts and beyond. She is regularly invited to speak on intellectual property in public forums and uses her Toastmasters experience to excel in this.
She acts for large corporates, government, private clients, a range of New Zealand and international clients as well as universities and research institutes.
Kate holds an LLB and LLM from Victoria University of Wellington and she started with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand in 2000 before becoming a team leader and Assistant Commissioner in 2001. Kate joined Baldwins Intellectual Property in 2002 and became a partner and head of litigation and commercial in the Wellington office in 2010 before starting Catalyst Intellectual Property as a partner at the end of 2012 and then starting Kate Duckworth Intellectual Property Law Limited in 2018. Kate is also a registered patent attorney in New Zealand and Australia.
Kate is a board member of the Trans-Tasman Intellectual Property Attorney Board, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys, the New Zealand Law Society and she is on the New Zealand Committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and Women in Law Committee – Wellington District Law Society.
Kate has been named in World Trade Mark Review's 2013, 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 listings for "The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals" and the only New Zealand woman to be named in World Trade Mark Review’s The Top 250 Women in IP 2017.
Kate works with Gibson Sheat as a consultant while continuing her own business Kate Duckworth Intellectual Property Law.