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​Paul Johns

Executive, Lawyer (Head of Litigation – New Zealand)

LLB (Hons)/BSc
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Genetics)
Solicitor (High Court of New Zealand)
Admitted Legal Practitioner (Supreme Court of New South Wales)
Admitted solicitor (Supreme Court of England & Wales)

Paul is an intellectual property dispute resolution specialist with more than 24 years of experience across New Zealand and the UK. Paul is a seasoned lawyer, IP strategist, and Head of Pearce IP’s litigation team in New Zealand.  Paul is recommended for litigation in the IAM Patent 1000, rated bronze for enforcement and litigation in the WTR1000, ranked Band 4 for Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific in Chambers, and recognised for Intellectual Property and Litigation in Best Lawyers.

He is experienced in managing contentious disputes regarding all types of intellectual property and related issues, including patents, copyright, trade marks, designs, confidential information and consumer law. With a background in molecular genetics, Paul has acted for clients across a vast range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, animal health, med-tech, food & beverage technologies, heavy vehicle engineering, fashion, hospitality, and entertainment.

Paul is recognised for his thoughtful and strategic approach to dispute resolution, using his legal and technological know-how to achieve commercially beneficial results for his clients. Paul has advocated for his clients in the New Zealand Court of Appeal and High Court of New Zealand, as well as before the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office and IP Australia. He has conducted UDRP and similar domain name disputes before various arbitral panels. Paul also has experience in effectively involving competition watchdogs and other regulators where appropriate.

Paul is a member of New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal. He also belongs to the International Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and is an Associate Member of New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc.

Paul Johns Awards

IAM Patent 1000:

Litigation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

WTR 1000:

Recommended individual: enforcement and litigation (2022, 2023, 2024)

Asia IP:

IP Expert (2022)

Chambers and Partners:

Intellectual Property | Asia Pacific,(2024)

Best Lawyers:

IP and Litigation (2019, 2022, 2023)

Pearce IP Awards

Chambers and Partners 

Intellectual Property – Tier 5 (2024, 2023) 

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 

Ranked as a Market Leading Intellectual Property Firm (2024
Ranked as a Market Leading Intellectual Property Firm (2023

IAM Patent 1000 

Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution (2024, 2023, 2022, 2021

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly) 

Finalist - Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year (2022
Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2022
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2021

Managing IP Stars 

Pearce IP ranked Tier 3 – prosecution (2022
Pearce IP ranked firm (2021) 

Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 

Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year – Finalist (2022

Women in Business Law Awards - APAC 

Shortlisted - Australian Firm of the Year (2022

Lexology Legal Influencer 

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia) (Q4 2023, Q3 2023, Q2 2023,Q3 2022,  Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border) (Q4 2023, Q3 2023, Q2 2023, Q1 2023

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards 

5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm (2021

Doyles Intellectual Property 

Doyles Leading Intellectual Property (2021, 2020) 

Doyles Recommended Intellectual Property (2021)

Recommended, litigation - IAM Patent 1000, 2024

“with over 20 years of commercial litigation experience under his belt, strategically minded Paul Johns manages and resolves IP disputes with dexterity”

“Johns manages and resolves IP disputes with dexterity”

IAM Patent 1000

"Winner - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Finalist - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2022"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Pearce IP bronze ranking for litigation and recommended for prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2021

"Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2022

"5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm"

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards 2021

"Pearce IP Ranked Tier 3 - Prosecution"

MIP IP Stars 2022

"Lexology Legal Influencer"

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia): Pearce IP (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020) Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (2021)

"Women in Business Law Awards - APAC"

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)

The Legal 500, 2023, Intellectual Property, Australia

The Pearce IP team has an in depth understanding of the science and the pharmaceutical regulatory industry driving many of their client’s businesses.  They are passionate about achieving their client’s commercial objectives – and they are extremely hard-working and dedicated lawyers.


By 2027, be the premier life sciences IP practice in
Australia and New Zealand.