Welcome to Vai IP – a boutique intellectual property law and consultancy firm based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our founder, Mea Vai, has close to 20 years experience in this field and is a current member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Aside from being admitted to practice law in Papua New Guinea, Mea is also admitted in New Zealand and Australia (Queensland).
Experience! With close to 20 years experience in this field, we are experts. We’re locally based too which means we know the law, understand the commercial issues better and can better advise both on the legal and commercial perspectives.
Efficient! In this fast paced world, we know businesses want timely advice. We endeavor to serve our clients in a timely manner.
Mea is a member of INTA and through this association, Mea has been fortunate to assist and serve clients from around the world as well as assist local Papua New Guinea clients register their brands in overseas markets. Mea’s expertise range from trademarks, patents and designs, copyright, counterfeit and advertising law. Mea also provides IP consultancy advising local businesses on how best to protect their brands.
Waitaki Boys’ High, Oamaru, New Zealand
Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Admitted as a Lawyer by the National Court of Papua New Guinea
Admitted as a Lawyer by the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia
As a major client and one that is involved in a wide range of industries from transport, catering, real estate and hospitality to name a few, we’ve helped iPi advising on their re-branding and the most strategic and cost-effective way in protecting the brands.
Spruson & Ferguson is one of the largest intellectual property firms in the Asia Pacific region and undoubtedly the largest trade mark filer in Papua New Guinea. We’re fortunate to be associated with a firm of this size and caliber. Through Spruson & Ferguson we have worked with some of the leading technology businesses including Facebook and Instagram. We’ve also assisted them in patenting their client’s designs.
The water business is flourishing and we’re proud to be associated with one of PNG’s most popular and fastest growing brands – Pure Water. We’ve assisted them on protecting their brands as well as providing strategic advice on their unique bottle design.
Baker & McKenzie is undoubtedly one of the top international law firms and we’re proud to assist them on a variety of intellectual property matters. Most notably, they’re the leading firm for handling the popular technology brand APPLE in the Pacific region and we’ve had the pleasure in assisting them protect one of the top technology brands.