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Adam Sears

LLB (Hons)
Trade Mark Lawyer

Melbourne, Australia

Areas of Expertise/Sector

Trade Marks

Adam is a Principal in the Davies Collison Cave Trade Marks Group. Adam’s practice encompasses all aspects of trade mark law including search analysis and advice, prosecution of domestic and international trade marks, dispute resolution and advice in relation to breaches of the consumer protection provisions of the Australian Consumer Law and passing off.

Adam’s practice primarily involves advising in relation to Australian trade mark law, but he also has expertise in advising directly on all aspects of New Zealand trade mark law. Adam has extensive experience in filing and prosecuting overseas trade mark applications, including International Registrations via the Madrid Protocol.

Adam represents a wide variety of clients including some of Australia’s most significant consumer product companies. Adam has lectured in Australian trade mark practice and is a past Chair of the International Trade Mark Association’s Harmonisation Committee. 



Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Deakin University

Admitted: Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria


Managing Intellectual Property World Survey and Global Awards: Leading individual for Trade Marks, 2014

Managing Intellectual Property ‘IP Stars’ : Ranked highly as an Australian ‘IP Star’, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

World Trademark Review 1000: listed as a leading individual for trade mark prosecution and strategy, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020

Best Lawyers Australia: Ranked Highly for Intellectual Property Law, 2014 - 2024

Expert Guides – Trade Mark Lawyers: Nominated as being among the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018

Asia IP Experts: Leading Lawyer in trade marks, 2013 & 2015

International Who’s Who of Trade Mark Lawyers: listed a leading Trade Mark practitioner, 2015 & 2016

Who’s Who Legal: Australia: Recognised as a leading trade marks lawyer, 2018, 2019 & 2020


Commercial Law Section of the Law Institute

Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)

Law Institute of Victoria