Professorial Visiting Fellow, UNSW

Adam is a highly regarded practitioner and author who specialises in the law relating to the commercial application of intellectual property in both private and public organisation settings. He has over 30 years experience, in which he has advised a wide spectrum of parties involved in the innovation process, including research institutes, universities, spin out companies, co-operative research centre participants, venture capitalists, investment banks, SMEs, large Australian corporate and multinational companies.

He has developed and teaches the subjects of “IP Licensing & Commercialisation”, “IP Strategy & Management” and “Commercial Transactions involving IP” for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Intellectual Property and the Innovation Law stream of the LL.M at UNSW.

He has given numerous presentations on intellectual property, its management, licensing and commercialisation at the request of organisations such as the Australian Graduate School of Management, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, IP Australia and the Australian Business Foundation and around the world. He is a company director.


  • –present
    Professorial Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2009–2012
    Member, Commonwealth Government's Advisory Council on Intellectual Property
  • 2006–2009
    General Counsel and General Manager Intellectual Property, CSIRO
  • 2008–2009
    President, Licensing Executives Society International
  • 1994–2006
    Partner, Freehills
  • 2002–2005
    Member, NSW Innovation Council
  • 1977–1993
    Partner, Michell, Sillar & Brown and successor firms


  • 1976 
    University of NSW, B.Com(with merit) LL.B


  • 2011
    Intellectual Property and Commercialisation, Chapter in "Emerging Challenges in Intellectual Property" published by Oxford University Press
  • 2008
    International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law, published by Wolters Kluwer
  • 2004
    Managing Intellectual Property in Australian Organisations, published by Australian Graduate School of Managment and Freehills

Research Areas

  • Intellectual Property Law (180115)