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Michael is the Head of Intellectual Property group at Gilbert + Tobin.
He is widely regarded by clients and peers alike as amongst the best intellectual property litigators in Australia. He was recently awarded Intellectual Property Partner of the Year at the 2019 Lawyers Weekly POTY Awards. Leading legal directory Chambers and Partners says: “Michael Williams commands respect for his track record in copyright litigation and branding. His clients find he is a ‘keen advocate, an effective presenter in an adversarial meeting and highly knowledgeable in the applicable principles of law.’" Additionally: "Michael Williams leads the practice and is explicitly recognised by peers as one of the top-flight practitioners in the IP sphere, noted as a partner that is "formidable, extremely professional and incredibly bright."
Michael is known for his outstanding track record of success in litigation and in extracting clients from disputes on favourable terms. He is the lawyer that leading local and international companies turn to when they need the best representation and advice on their most complex IP and technology issues. He specialises in designing the best strategies, giving clear guidance and providing robust representation.
Michael practices across the full spectrum of contentious intellectual property law: copyright and data protection; trade secrets, insider threat and cybersecurity advice and investigations; technology disputes and patent litigation; false advertising, brand disputes and anti-counterfeiting. Michael also advises on IP commercialisation and innovation strategy.
Recent highlights of Michael’s work include:
Michael has substantial trial experience in State Courts and in the Federal Court. He has also run numerous appeals in state and Federal appellate Courts, including the High Court of Australia.
In addition to his practice responsibilities, Michael is a member of the Board of the firm. He holds degrees in Economics and Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. His professional memberships include INTA, the ABA, Copyright Society of Australia and IPSANZ.
Michael is widely recognised as a leading lawyer in legal directories.
Chambers and Partners ranks Michael in Band #1 for Intellectual Property: Trade Marks and Copyright; he is recognised as one Legal 500’s 2019’s Leading Individuals for Intellectual Property; he is listed in Doyles 2019 as Preeminent in both Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyers and Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers; he is recognised by peers in Best Lawyers 2020 edition for both Intellectual Property and Litigation; IAM Patent in bronze for Litigation; World Trademark Review 2019 in Silver for Enforcement and Litigation; and IP Stars 2019 lists Michael as both a Patent star and a Trade mark star.
Michael heads up one of Australia’s leading IP teams, which has received significant recognition under Michael’s leadership including (but not limited to) a Tier #1 ranking for Intellectual Property by Legal 500 2019, and winning the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards IP Team of the Year in 2017 and 2015, having also been listed as a finalist in 2018.