Special Counsel, Auckland

Sophie Thoreau

Sophie Thoreau


Sophie specialises in intellectual property law and the provision of commercial advice in an IP context.  She has extensive experience in New Zealand, Australia, China and internationally.

Sophie’s expertise spans over 17 years and covers the full spectrum of IP, from development and strategy, through to commercialisation and enforcement. 

She enables clients in a variety of industries including FMCG, technology, digital and the public sector to recognise and harness their valuable IP.  Sophie’s focus is to provide clients with sound advice tailored to their particular needs.

  • AWLA

Work highlights

Advising the Manuka Honey Appellation Society

for the benefit of the New Zealand honey industry globally 

Advising a variety of clients

to strategically clear pathways for their use and registration of intellectual property internationally 

Advising clients

in relation to anti-counterfeiting and strategies for border control

Acting on behalf of international clients

to protect geographical indications 

Advising clients

in relation to parallel importation 

Advising clients

in relation to novel forms of IP protection for strategic purposes