Adam Sears

WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise

Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

The titan of the QANTM IP Group, the Australian contingent at Davies Collison Cave is at the vanguard of premier and cutting-edge IP services in the country, valuing both quality and quantity. As a practice exclusively dedicated to IP rights, it constantly tops the filing chart whilst simultaneously offering high quality brand management advice. Some of the most valuable and recognisable brands in the world place their trust in DCC’s “specialised and detail-oriented” trademark practice. Sometimes overlooked is their equally strong IP contentious practice, supported by their associated firm Davies Collison Cave Law. The team has scored multiple successes against top-tier law firms in various trademark litigation matters. Chris Jordan, an IP litigator with more than 30 years of experience consistently brings top-level results, which reflect his commitment to his following. Principal Ian Drew, Michael Wolnizer, Nick Holmes, Stuart Green, Carly Mansell, Adam Sears and Marion Heathcote are sought after for their first-class trademark prosecution capability. They specialise exclusively in trademark prosecution, advice and opposition work, offering confident guidance through every stage of an application. Drew covers every stage of the trademark life cycle from mark search and clearance to registration and later, enforcement strategy advice. A doyen of Australian trademark law and the head of DCC’s domain name practice group, Wolnizer manages trademark portfolios of numerous domestic and international companies. Proficient at both Australian and New Zealand trademark law, Holmes provides holistic advice on Trans-Tasman trademark prosecution, opposition and enforcement. Brand protection expert, Green, is adept at supporting entities to distinguish and differentiate their goods and services from those of their competitors. Mansell was previously an in-house senior trademark counsel for a global pharmaceutical company, she now brings in-house insight to the team and devises global trademark strategies for international players. An admitted barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Sears has years of experience practising all aspects of trademark law. He also lectures on Australian trademark practice. Sydney-based Heathcote has extensive experience in strategic advice on international trademark portfolio management and protection, particularly within the Asia Pacific region. Making her debut in the WTR 1000 this year, Elizabeth Godfrey specialises in domain names and online trademark infringements and frequently assists brands with customs seizure programmes to prevent import of counterfeit goods into Australia. Timothy Creek focuses on IP commercialisation and assists brand owners in navigating the Australian licensing scene with astute market knowledge and sound commercial acumen.

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