Mr Paul Cargill Sumpter

BA, LLB, MA(Hons), LLM (Lond)

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Senior Lecturer


Paul Sumpter’s primary area of research and teaching is Intellectual Property, which was his principal field of practice over many years in Auckland (as a partner in Kensington Swan) and also in Sydney. He is the author of Intellectual Property Principles in Practice (CCH NZ, 2nd edition, 2013), Trade Marks in Practice (LexisNexis, 2nd edition, 2011) and a co-author of Copyright and Design (LexisNexis). He is member of the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand (since 2004) and is a consultant to the national law firm Chapman Tripp.

Research | Current


Trade marks

Biotechnology and patents

Confidential information


Commercial licensing of IP

Teaching | Current

  • LAWCOMM 404 Intellectual Property
  • SCIENT 704 Bioscience
  • LAWCOMM 713 Selected aspects of Intellectual Property Law

Areas of expertise

Intellectual property law including copyright, trade marks, patents, designs and confidential information.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Copyright Council

Member Trans Tasman Committee of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

Member NZ Law Society Intellectual Property committee

Member NZ Institute of Patent Attorneys

Consultant to Chapman Tripp

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sumpter, P. (2016). Some observations on trans-Tasman trade mark law. Australian Intellectual Property Journal, 27 (2), 88-109. Related URL.
  • Sumpter, P. C. (2015). Trade Marks in Practice (3rd). Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis. Related URL.
  • Sumpter, P. C. (2013). Intellectual Property Law: Principles in Practice (2nd). Auckland: CCH New Zealand.
  • Sumpter, P. C. (2011). Trade Marks in Practice (2nd). Wellington: LexisNexis NZ Limited.

Contact details

Primary location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 7, Room 715
New Zealand