Mea Vai

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).

Pratice Area

Brand Protection

Protection of trademark, renewals, assignments, licensing, advisory and consultancy on trademark protection with Customs and advertising law.

Patents & Designs

Inventions to be patented, PCT applications entering national phase in Papua New Guinea, registration of industrial designs and maintenance of patents and designs.


Copyright protection, advisory and consultancy

what we are expert at

Why Clients Choose Us?

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.   

Client Consultations
Successful Cases
Registered brands
Inventions Patented


Mea Vai has close to 20 years practicing in intellectual property law. Two years ago, he decided to venture on his own so that he could provide a more personal service to his key clients.

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. 

Education & Admission

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

Blog Posts


PNG IPO Has Revamped Its Search Engine Facility

Firstly, congratulations to the Registrar Amelia Na’aru and her team at the Papua New Guinea Intellectual Property Office for revamping their online search engine facility. I say “revamped” because prior to the launching of the facility we had already been using it and did find it helpful. I thought I’d give my views on why...
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MiBank, Kina Bank & Intellectual Property

The recent announcement of a partnership between MiBank and Kina Bank is welcome news.  Perhaps the most interesting part of the announcement at least from my point of view is Tony Westaway’s acknowledgement that they’re aware of their intellectual properties and further how important those properties were in forming a partnership with an up and...
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Free IP Consultation

In a first of its kind in Papua New Guinea, we’re offering Free online IP Consultation for Papua New Guinea SME’s. That’s right! Our goal with this Free Online IP Consultation is to help you make the right decisions in respect of the protection of your intellectual property or at the very least, give you...
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Our Clients

Who We Help

  • 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.

    Ipili Porgera Investments
    Property, Catering, Hospitality, Transport & More
  • 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.

    Spruson & Ferguson
  • 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.

    Pure Water
  • 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.

    Baker & McKenzie

Contact Info

Call Now : (675) 7459 9070

  • Mon - Fri 09:00-17:00
  • Level 1, Harbourside West Building, Stanley Esplanade,) Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

We are passionate about intellectual property and we’re ready to help you protect your most prized intangible business assets.

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