Scott Moran


I specialise in intellectual property, information technology and commercial law. I enjoy the variety of clients I work with, that range from listed companies to family owned businesses and from government departments to non-profits.

With regards to my intellectual property practice, I manage and protect the intellectual property portfolios of a range of New Zealand and international businesses, assisting with branding strategies, copyright issues, trade marks and licensing. In particular, I manage local and international clearance and registration programmes for domestic and foreign clients and associates, especially from the US and the UK. I also advise on a broad range of commercial matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, restructuring, and the preparation and negotiation of commercial contracts.

I have a number of not-for-profit clients and am privileged to advise iconic national charities and industry organisations.

I am recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory (for intellectual property work) and am listed as a recommended individual for prosecution and strategy in the World Trademark Review 2022. Clients comment "Scott Moran understands the importance of protecting our brands. His advice around classes and priorities for registering is always great." (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, Intellectual property) "Scott is extremely personable and takes the time to understand the client’s needs. His advice is commercial, clear and to the point. Rather than providing a generic response, he tailors it to each client and goes above and beyond to look at how a particular issue fits into a larger strategic picture." (World Trademark Review 2021)

I am a member of the Institute of Directors, sit on the public information committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and the New Zealand Law Society.

I have a number of governance roles including being a New Zealand Football Executive Committee Member and New Zealand Netball’s appointed Board Member to Netball Central Zone. I also assist as a judge of the New Zealand Law Awards.