Property Law

Committee Leaders

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee | LAWASIA

Mr Alan Moyle
Moyle & Associates
5 Monaro Close
Kooying VIC 3144

T: +61 407 557 037

Mr Michael Soo
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee | LAWASIA

Mr Michael Soo
Shook Lin & Bok
Level 20
AMBank Group Building
55 Jalan Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur 50450

T: +60 3 20314 1788
F: +60 3 2031 1775

Michael Soo is the current Managing Partner of the firm. He joined the firm in 1993 as a partner and is the head of the IP and IT Department. Michael was the past president of the Malaysia Intellectual Property Association (“MIPA”), and was a past president of Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Malaysia Country Group, and is currently the vice president (International) a councilor of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”). He was a member of the Copyright Law Review Ad-hoc Committee, under the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia, and is a member of the IP Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia.

He has practised exclusively in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on enforcement and civil litigation, for over 35 years. He has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of infringement and/or passing-off actions before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court (formerly known as Supreme Court).

He appeared as lead counsel in a trial involving alleged copyright infringement of several well-known brands of software before the Kuching Sessions Court pursuant to an ad hoc licence granted by the Rt Honourable Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. The trial was probably one of the few fully contested infringement actions involving software instituted in Malaysia in recent years. The alleged offender was one of the largest civil engineering firms in Malaysia. The Court acquitted the alleged offender of all the charges. The Public Prosecutor’s appeal was dismissed by the appeal courts.

In addition, he frequently handles advisory and contentious cases involving domain names dispute and “cybersquatting”. He is a panelist of domain name dispute resolution administered by Asian International Arbitration Centre and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and had adjudicated on a number of domain name dispute cases.

He is active in several international professional organisations including International Trademark Association (“INTA”), APAA and Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He was the chair of Asia Pacific sub-committee of geographical indications committee of INTA.

Michael has presented papers on intellectual property law in seminars and conferences organised by the Bar Council of Malaysia, and at several international, regional and local conferences including the 12th Commonwealth Law Association Conference and several seminars and conferences organised by World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). He lectures on copyright and design law for the Patent Agent Examination since its inception in 1997, and on intellectual property law at the Institute of Judicial and Legal Training (ILKAP), of the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. Michael also regularly contributes articles and updates on IP in leading magazines.