Prior to joining Dehns, he studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Master of Engineering degree in 2003. During his studies Adam worked for the UK Ministry of Defence where he gained experience in a wide range of defence and manufacturing industries. Adam joined Dehns in 2003, and was made a partner in 2013.
As a UK Registered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney, Adam handles patent and design work in a variety of engineering fields
Type of clients and client work
Adam works directly with inventors, University Technology Transfer Offices and applicant companies primarily based in the UK and Norway, and this includes drafting and filing priority applications as well as co-ordinating prosecution of international patent families and conducting examination before the EPO and UK IPO. He also works for large multinationals in relation to filing and prosecution of their EPO and UK patent applications, as well as co-ordinating the preparation and filing of patent applications originating with their European inventors.
Adam handles Opposition and Appeal work before the EPO and regularly represents clients during EPO hearings at first instance as well as during the Appeal procedure. He advises clients in relation to infringement and validity of their own patents and third party patent rights and is highly experienced in relation to IP portfolio reviews for due diligence processes.
In addition to patent work, his practice extends to the registration and enforcement of UK and European Community Registered Designs and related unregistered rights.
Adam’s experience extends to a variety of fields focused on engineering and information technology, including aerospace, oil and gas/offshore technologies, heat and power production/distribution, HVAC, mechanical engineering, medical devices, biometrics and smartcards.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2007
- European Patent Attorney, 2007
- Certificate in IP Law, University of London, 2004
- IP Litigator
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Member of the European Patent Institute
MEng (First Class), University of Cambridge, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 2003
Adam was awarded the Sir George Nelson Prize in Applied Mechanics by the University of Cambridge, having achieved the highest marks in the third and fourth year examinations.
Adam was mentioned in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 as a "key lawyer" of the firm.
In 2007 Adam received the Gill Prize from the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys for the best overall performance in the Final Examinations across the country.