In this op-ed, Partner Michael Williams explains why the Federal Government's plan to roll back Australia's world-leading intellectual property protections and scrap the Innovation Patent System will hurt Australian innovators.
Michael is a litigator and Intellectual Property specialist.
He has been with Gilbert + Tobin for over 22 years and heads up the firm’s IP Group.
Michael is well known for his strategic skills, subject matter knowledge and robust approach to complex disputes and IP advice. He acts for a wide range of Australian and international clients in fields such as electronics, software, content, entertainment, FMCG, mining and financial services.
Michael has a keen interest in technology and IP and has built a strong digital practice. Michael’s practice covers, amongst other things:
• 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.
He has substantial experience litigating cases at trial in State Courts and in the Federal Court. He has run numerous appeals in state and Federal appellate Courts, including the High Court.
Has also has an excellent record in settling disputes and extracting clients from conflict situations.
Michael has written extensively on IP law. He is a regular commentator on developments in IP law and the future of legal practice in 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.