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Dr Mitchell Adams

Lecturer, Law
Doctor of Philosophy (Law), Swinburne University , Australia; Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management, Swinburne University, Australia; Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University, Australia; Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Monash University, Australia

Biography

Mitchell Adams is the Course Director of the Bachelor of Laws and lecturer at Swinburne Law School. His specialisation lies at the intersection of law and technology, as an expert in intellectual property law, legal tech and legal design. Mitchell heads up the Legal Technology and Design Clinics, where he creates the conditions for legal innovation through student and industry collaboration. 

He holds a PhD in trade mark law as well as science and law degrees from Monash University. He writes on intellectual property rights, using empirical legal methods to investigate international registration systems. His current research is focused on trade mark law and designs law. Other areas of research include those in the field of entertainment law and the legal protection afforded to fictional characters. He is the recipient of over $450,000 in grants from sources including IP Australia and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. 

Recently, Mitchell was named ‘Academic of the Year’ at the 2022 Australian Law Awards. He has also received several awards, including a Dean’s Excellence Award, a Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (High Commendation) and a Teaching Excellence Award. Mitchell is an intellectual property lawyer, being admitted as an Australian Lawyer with the Supreme Court of Victoria, a Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and a registered Trade Marks Attorney. 

Research interests

Intellectual Property Law; Trade Mark Law; Entertainment Law; Designs Law

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Intellectual Property Law - 480603
  • Law, Science And Technology - 480408
  • Media And Communication Law - 480411

Teaching areas

Intellectual Property Law;Trade Mark Law;Legal Technology;Legal Design

Awards

  • 2022, National, Academic of the Year, Australian Law Awards
  • 2021, Swinburne, Dean's Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2020, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Award - Nominated, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence (Higher Education) Award - High Commendation, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Business and Law

Further information

Publications

Also published as: Adams, Mitchell; Adams, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Children?s voices for change: A rights-based approach to understanding and implementing effective supports for children and pre-adolescents as victim-survivors of family violence *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
  • 2022: Strengthening Victoria?s family violence risk assessment and information sharing: Understanding effective capability building to support MARAM implementation through the experiences of victim-survivors *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
  • 2020: Analysis of the economic effect of Virtual Designs *; IP Australia
  • 2020: Entrepreneurship and Trade Marks *; John Monash Tech School
  • 2020: Legal Factors Impacting Business Start-Up *; John Monash Tech School
  • 2019: Civil Liability for Trade Mark Infringement *; Monash Tech School Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator