Mathew Campbell

LLB BSc (Computer Science and Mathematics)

Lawyer (New Zealand)

Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)

Director, Terry IP Patent Attorneys Limited

Director, Terry IP Law Limited


D: +64 9 978 1632

Specialist Areas

Patents, designs, copyright


Software, business methods, gaming, blockchain, fintech, artificial intelligence, medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunications, infrastructure, agriculture


  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Standards-essential patent development
  • Global portfolio development
  • IP strategy development
  • Advising on patentability
  • Infringement and validity advice
  • Freedom to operate assessment


Mat is a registered patent attorney for New Zealand and Australia and a New Zealand lawyer.

Mat loves helping New Zealand’s SMEs grow. Every business has its own challenges and goals, and Mat is particularly experienced in crafting an IP strategy which both protects the business and appeals to investors. With Mat’s previous experience working as an in-house IP counsel, he has a robust insight into the need to place IP in the broader business picture.

Mat’s practice covers anything engineering, and he has particular experience helping New Zealand businesses protect their innovations in consumer electronics, domestic and civil infrastructure, agricultural hardware, and medical devices. Mat prides himself on fully understanding his clients’ industries to help produce a bespoke strategy for their unique needs.

Mat’s real passion is software. At his previous firm in London, Mat worked with some of the world’s largest software and telecommunications businesses to protect their technology, and has been particularly involved in developing standards-essential patents in the LTE and 5G space. More recently, he has been focusing on emerging and fast-moving areas like fintech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. Plus, having worked as a software developer in an earlier life, Mat speaks the language of software developers. This experience gives Mat the tools to navigate the ever-changing rules of software patentability in the US, Europe, and around the world.


  • IAM Media, Patent 1000 — Recommended Individual (2022)
  • Managing IP, IP Stars — Rising Star (2021)

Recent Insights

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    Australia is abolishing on 26 August 2021. Australian and New Zealand businesses will need to take action before this date.

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  • A Final Innovative Step: Australia Plans to Phase Out Innovation Patents

    Australia is abolishing innovation patents. How will this work?

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  • Reducing Reuse: Australia’s Full Court Develops the Law on Refurbishing Patented Products

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  • New Zealand’s New Grace Period

    New Zealand introduces a 1 year grace period for disclosures by inventors and patent applicants. How will this work in practice?

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