Tessa Adams

Tessa Adams



Tessa helps clients protect and take advantage of their intellectual property rights through strategic advice and advocacy.

Tessa is experienced in the protection, development, enforcement, and management of IP rights. She advises on contentious, non-contentious, and transactional IP matters, ranging from trademarks to copyright and domain names.

Tessa advises on IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions, advises on technology transactions including licensing and collaboration agreements, assists clients with the management and prosecution of their IP portfolios, and places importance on client relationships and clear communication. She provides practical advice tailored to clients’ business needs and has done so for large clients in the medical, FMCG, construction, entertainment, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Tessa also advises on all aspects of data protection and privacy, and provides regulatory advice on online safety and other obligations for digital service providers.

Tessa has worked in litigation and dispute resolution before courts in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Education & Admissions

Victoria University of Wellington (L.L.B., 2020)

Victoria University of Wellington (B.Sc., Biology and Psychology, 2020)

University of Oxford (PG Dip., Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2023)


  • New Zealand


  • Managing evidence for proceedings before New Zealand's IP court involving multiple trade mark oppositions for an overseas client
  • IP due diligence for a large mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare, construction and hospitality sectors
  • Overcoming a range of objections by the IP Office to key trade mark applications for NZX-listed client, involving registrability submissions and settlements with other parties
  • Co-ordinating trade mark application portfolios for large clients across multiple jurisdictions including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, involving advice, prosecution and responses to objections from overseas IP offices
  • Advising a large international bank on the merits of an responses to an investigation into breaches of consumer finance regulations
  • Co-ordinating and completing IP assignment and licensing projects for nuanced arrangements between large companies and their subsidiaries
  • Advising on and contributing to a range of general commercial disputes including contract law, construction law, property law, financial markets and insolvency
Tessa Adams