Davies Collison Cave is very pleased to announce Humphrey Foote has joined our firm as a principal in our New Zealand office from 13 May 2019. Humphrey specialises in patents covering a wide range of technologies in life sciences and biotechnology, and also has extensive expertise in plant variety/breeders rights.

Humphrey holds a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences and a PhD, Molecular Biology both from the University of Birmingham. He was then a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of California and subsequently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nottingham. From 1999 until 2002 Humphrey worked at Genesis R&D Corporation Limited which, at the time, was New Zealand's largest biotech company, before joining AJ Park in 2002.

Patents Managing Principal David Webber said “As a leading Intellectual Property provider and the third largest filer of patent applications into New Zealand, we are delighted with the addition of Humphrey Foote who further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to serve our clients.”

DCC Group Managing Principal Michael Wolnizer said “The New Zealand market continues to grow and our clients are growing with it. They are looking for firms that can support their Intellectual Property needs both locally and internationally and the addition of Humphrey whose counsel will cover both Australia and New Zealand, will benefit our clients enormously.”