Christopher Young > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Partner – Intellectual Property


Chris heads the intellectual property team in New Zealand and has a widely recognised IP practice internationally. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP through its life cycle including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation.

Chris advises clients from a broad range of industries including FMCG, fashion/apparel, publishing, food and beverage, liquor, advertising and marketing, retail, TMT, aviation, automotive, banking and financial services, entertainment, agriculture/horticulture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy.

With more than 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of Chris’ practice. Chris brings his extensive commercial IP expertise to advise and develop strategy for a wide range of corporate transactions including joint ventures, licensing and other collaborations, as well as the impact on taking security over IP.

Chris also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios both nationally and internationally including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and developing strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands, and handling counterfeits. He has extensive experience in commercial law, franchising, sponsorship, marketing, advertising, consumer protection franchising, sponsorship and other regulatory areas.

Chris also has significant experience in IP disputes, co-ordinates litigation strategy and provides both strategic and technical advice to clients.

Chris was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1993.




Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)

Member, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

Member, Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand

Member, New Zealand Biotech Industry Organisation


Dip IP Law, University of London

LLB, BCom, University of Auckland