Adam Sears

Adam Sears

Principal | Trade Marks Attorney | Managing Principal
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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 Trade Practices Act 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 also has extensive experience in filing and prosecuting overseas trade mark applications, including international registrations via the Madrid Protocol.

Adam acts for 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 the Chair of the International Trade Mark Associations Legislation and Regulation Committee for South East Asia and Pacific.

Adam has been a Principal at Davies Collison Cave since 2002.


  • 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
  • World Trademark Review 1000: listed as a leading individual for trade mark prosecution and strategy, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Best Lawyers Australia: Ranked Highly for Intellectual Property Law, 2014 – 2017
  • 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: Trademarks leading practitioner, 2018 & 2019


  • Chair: INTA Legislation and Regulation Committee, South East Asia and Pacific
  • Member: Commercial Law Section of the Law Institute
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: Law Institute of Victoria


  • Admitted: Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), Deakin University

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