We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tonia Brugh as a partner to join our expanding trademark and commercial intellectual property practice.
Tonia is a renowned trademark and intellectual property specialist with over 20 years of national and international experience advising clients in this area.
Tonia previously worked at James & Wells as a senior partner before starting her own practice. The firm is delighted to welcome Tonia back.
Working as an intellectual property lawyer at one of Europe’s leading law firms, Tonia has gained significant international experience working with US media technology mega-corporations such as Apple Corp, Warner Bros. and Google in their UK and European business.
Tonia has specialist knowledge of entertainment and IT practice, including writing, editing and advising on a wide range of deals for publishers, recording artists, songwriters, authors and film production companies.
Tonia also offers specialized intellectual property expertise in the areas of Indigenous rights, privacy, data protection and sovereignty as well as commercial contracts.
“We are delighted to welcome Tonia back to James & Wells. Her familiarity with the team and the many clients will make her a major asset. In addition to her intellectual property skills, Tonia has a positive approach to people combined with great ideas and qualities in the field of culture and diversity. said James & Wells managing partner Tim Walden.
Tonia is passionate about supporting Pasifika and Maori entrepreneurs in her work. She is an advocate for te reo Māori and tikanga and assists a number of Maori boards on a voluntary basis, in addition to acting as co-chair of the Pacific Island Community Tauranga Trust (PICTT) and supporting its esteemed trustees. by Te Murumāra. Foundation (Te Aka Māori Dictionary).
“I am very pleased to return to James & Wells and contribute to the growth of its trademarks and intellectual property business practice. The support of a familiar team of New Zealand’s most experienced brand professionals played a big part in my decision to return,” said Tonia.