Adam Kessel


I'm a principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., a global award-winning intellectual property law firm. I focus on software and Internet-related litigation, including patent, copyright/DMCA, and trade secret cases. I maintain an active licensing practice and regularly help with IP transactions large and small. I have a particular focus advising on open source issues from a legal, business, and technical perspective, and worked as a Debian developer for years before law school and continue to tinker with code in my (limited) free time. My legal pro bono work focuses on civil liberties, particularly online, often in collaboration with groups like EFF or ACLU. I majored in chemistry and minored in linguistics at Princeton and studied law at Northeastern. Outside of work, I founded WalkUP Roslindale. Other interests include film, music, literature, history, vegetarian cooking, long-distance walking, running, biking, and hiking. I'm a religious user of vim and believe in one space after periods.



I started a weblog early in law school, circa 2001. Over the years, I blogged less and less, and ultimately decided to close the blog permanently several years back. Old entries are still available; however, they don't necessarily reflect current views (probably don't), and certainly do not reflect the views of any of my employers or clients.

I also maintained a set of resources in law school that students still find useful. At the time, little was available by way of online outlines and class notes. In the intervening decade, a robust market has developed; my old materials are generally stale but I've left them up for posterity.