Dr. Daniel J Wadsworth

Special Counsel, Australia

Specialises in commercially savvy IP solutions for clients across Asia-Pacific in a wide range of areas, spanning from general mechanical engineering work to aerospace structures and medical device technologies.

About Dan

With over 15 years of experience working at top tier firms across New Zealand and Australia, Dan knows how to best develop commercially astute IP protection for his clients. Dan’s key strengths lie in his ability to engage stakeholders on any level and his keen appreciation of the underlying technology and organisational objectives. This combination of empathetic communication and business acumen, allows Dan to consistently deliver smart IP solutions.

Dan’s primary area of expertise is in the general mechanical engineering space including heavy engineering (marine/resources), aerospace structures, aerial drones, agriculture, mechatronics/automation, and medical device technologies. Dan also has a wide range of experience in helping clients with clean technologies and composite materials.

While drafting patent specifications and conducting prosecutions are his core activities, Dan has extensive experience in undertaking opinion and advice related work for contentious matters including oppositions, infringement exercises, as well as due diligence matters for capital raising projects.

Before joining the IP industry, Dan worked in professional engineering and design environments in the aerospace (New Zealand) and medical device (Ireland) industries. Dan understands that the heart of any commercialisation effort is the synergy between innovation and relevant IP strategy.

Education & Qualifications

The University of Auckland 

Doctor of Philosophy (Aerospace composite structures)

The University of Auckland 

Master of Engineering (Aerodynamics, sails design)

University of Technology Sydney

Master of Industrial Property

Registered Patent Attorney

(Australia and New Zealand)


Intellectual Property in Defence

As with any industry sector, intellectual property (IP) issues have the potential to impact significantly on all stakeholders operating in the defence space.