Our People

Senior, qualified patent and trade mark attorneys.


Matt Howe
Patent Attorney

e: mhowe@originip.co.nz
p: +64 9 927 8864
m: +64 27 624 1440

Matthew is a New Zealand and Australian patent attorney, practicing in the field since 2005. He has experience at a tier-one Australasian intellectual property firm advising several of New Zealand’s largest export manufacturers. Matthew specialises in protecting, registering and licensing intellectual property in the electrical engineering, physics and ICT technology fields.

Matthew has personally developed and taken to market a number of electronics and software technologies. As well as standing out as a patent attorney with a strong technical aptitude, Matthew is well placed to provide intellectual property advice drawing upon commercialisation experience. Matthew is experienced in advising corporations, start-up ventures and individuals throughout New Zealand and offshore.

Matthew has extensive experience representing clients before the Australian, New Zealand and World Intellectual Property Offices. He also has extensive experience in assisting with representation before the United States Patent Office.


Sandra Murphy
Patent Attorney

e: admin@originp.co.nz
p: +64 7 808 0264
m: +64 22 156 0992

Sandra has three years’ patent attorney experience in New Zealand, ranging from patent infringement and validity assessments, patent drafting and prosecution through to novelty and freedom to operate investigations. She has worked with a range of clients within technology areas including general sciences, but specialises in biotechnological and biochemical processes.

In addition to protecting general mechanical technologies and consumer products, Sandra has experience working with pharmaceutical compositions, veterinarian preparations and animal husbandry products, active biological compounds, and livestock parentage determination systems.

Sandra represents clients in matters before the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Office, and assists in representation before the Australian Intellectual Property Office. Sandra has a Master of Science (first-class honours) in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. While qualifying as a New Zealand Patent Attorney Sandra won multiple prizes: Highest Mark for New Zealand Patent and Design Law Highest Mark in International Patent Law New Zealand Patent Attorney Council Prize for Overall Top Student.


Simon murphy
Patent & Trade Mark Attorney

e: smurphy@originip.co.nz 
p: +64 7 808 0264 
m: +64 22 156 0992

Simon has been practicing in the intellectual property field since 1996. His experience includes patent drafting and prosecution, patent oppositions, novelty and freedom to operate investigations, along with patent infringement and validity assessments. He has extensive experience in both New Zealand and Australia.s

While Simon has worked with a broad range of technology areas, he specialises in software, electronics and ITC-related inventions and has particular experience in the fields of pattern-recognition software, Hall-effect transducers, search-engine optimisation systems, biometric-recognition processes, electric-fencing technology and RFID systems.

Simon represents clients in matters before the Australian Intellectual Property Office, the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Office. Simon has a Bachelor of Science and Technology, majoring in Physics and Electronics and a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.


Ali Al Anbuky
Patent & Trade Mark Attorney

e: principal@originip.co.nz
p: +64 9 927 8864
m: +61 431 851 919

Ali is a patent and trade marks attorney and a consultant for Origin IP with over a decade of experience in the field of IP. Working prior as a senior attorney in top-tier Australasian firms and smaller boutiques, he has handled a diverse portfolio of clients from start-ups to multi-national corporations, across a multitude of industries, and has also acted in an in-house capacity for one of NZ’s largest tech brands.

More recently, Ali has been actively involved in the development and progression of a large, global IP portfolio for a promising tech-based start-up operating in NZ. His role as the “IP guy” in the business, has allowed the company to secure important markets, expand their portfolio globally and gain crucial investments for growing the business. Ali also works closely with SMEs and other growing businesses across Australia and NZ to develop and implement effective IP strategies for transforming their ideas into valuable assets.

From a technical perspective, Ali handles mechanical, electrical and software related technologies. Some of the areas he has been actively involved in include (among others): respiratory care solutions, robotics, image-processing, sports equipment and technology, audio technology, and construction.


Leonard Cousins
Patent & Trade Mark Attorney

e: lcousins@originip.co.nz
p: +64 9 927 8864
m: +64 22 033 0260

Leonard entered the intellectual property profession in 1997, and has experience in tier-one European and Australasian patent firms. These include the largest firms in the UK and Australasia.

Leonard has recent experience as in-house patent attorney in the commercialisation team at Auckland UniServices Ltd and as the patent attorney liaison for the Return on Sciences ICT and Physical Sciences Committees. In this recent role Leonard managed and developed a large patent portfolio, provided intellectual property support for a number of technology spin-out and licencing operations and managed a number of complex licences. The role involved engaging with academics, investors and multinational licensees. He has rare experience in commercialisation at scale and experience with issues likely to arise in investment, spin-out and licencing negotiations.

Leonard also has industrial experience, at both a multinational company and a start-up company, as a research and development engineer for telecommunications systems. Leonard studied physics with honours to Masters level, including a one-year thesis project in Laser Physics, at the University of Auckland. He also studied management, including new-venture management.

Leonard represents clients in matters before the Australian Intellectual Property Office, the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Office. He also has experience in representation before the UK Intellectual Property Office and assisting in representation before the European Patent Office. He handles patent matters primarily in the fields of telecommunications, wireless technology, electronics, optics, software, business methods, mechanical and fluid-mechanical technologies, and plastics molding. Leonard also handles design and trade mark matters in various industries.

While qualifying as a New Zealand Patent Attorney, Leonard won the prize for highest mark in the examination for patent validity and infringement. Leonard has recent experience in analysis of a legal research database that reported patent decisions of the European Patent Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, and UK Courts. He is in the late stage of qualifying for UK patent attorney registration and chartered (CPA) status.