• UNDERSTAND THE LAW IN SIMPLE TERMS

    We recognise that you have a lot on your mind while trying to run a business, and the complexity of your legal obligations doesn’t help. We’ll decipher and distill the law into pragmatic and workable solutions that you can act upon with ease.

  • DRAW UPON A WIDE
    RANGE OF EXPERTISE

    Our decades of legal experience, covering every aspect of intellectual property law imaginable, will be at your disposal. We have particular expertise in patent law in New Zealand and Australian markets, and in the science and technology industries.

  • RESPOND CONFIDENTLY
    TO PATENT PROBLEMS

    Consider us your partners; ready to help you respond confidently to any challenge regarding patents, trademarks, and design and plant variety rights, anywhere in the world in the time zone that suits you.

  • GAIN A GLOBAL NETWORK OF EXPERTS

    Our global network of service providers is yours. We boast strong relationships with specialist legal advisers, technical translators, renewal agents, and overseas patent and legal associates all over the world.

About

Looking for credentials? Good thinking. Meet the members of our small but perfectly formed team.

 

Jane Calvert
BSc (Hons), PhD, LLB
PRINCIPAL

Jane is a registered New Zealand and Australian patent attorney and a practicing lawyer with a PhD in organic chemistry. In 2007 she was appointed Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Contracts at Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation in Boston, USA. Jane later went on to found In-Legal in 2010.

Jane has extensive experience in intellectual property matters and an impressive list of clients including a number of major biotechnology, functional food, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. She is equally comfortable working with venture capitalists and investors though.

  • Registered New Zealand Patent Attorney
  • Registered Australian Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • PhD in organic chemistry
JULIE BALLANCE
BSc (Hons), LLB
PRINCIPAL

Julie has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and patent attorney representing a wide variety of clients including many well-known multinationals, particularly in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

 Julie also served as President of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys and more recently as a member of Australia’s Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys. She has consistently been recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading life sciences practitioners, having been recommended in Who’s Who Legal – Life Sciences (2010), Managing Intellectual Property’s Patent Law Practitioners (2011) and IAM’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012).

  • Registered New Zealand Patent Attorney
  • Registered Australian Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
CARYN DEHORATIUS
BA, PhD, JD
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Caryn is a US qualified patent attorney and lawyer, with a PhD in molecular biology. She completed doctoral research at Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and postdoctoral research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Caryn worked as a patent specialist in New York City for seven years, before moving to New Zealand. She has broad experience in patent practice in both countries, and in the management and development of patent portfolios. Her work involves a wide array of technologies, with particular emphasis on biologicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, green technologies, agriculture, and functional foods.

  • Registered US Patent Attorney
  • PhD in molecular biology