Shook Lin & Bok
20th Floor, AmBank Group Building 55,
Jalan Raja Chulan 50200
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Fax: +603 2031 1775
Michael Soo joined the firm in 1993 as a partner. He is head of the IP and IT department of the firm. Michael was the past president of the Malaysia Intellectual Property Association (“MIPA”), and is currently the president of Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Malaysia Country Group, and 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 27 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).
In addition to advisory and litigation work in all areas of intellectual property law, he has initiated, conducted and concluded settlement negotiations involving intellectual property rights leading to amicable resolution of disputes before litigation as well as cases pending before the courts. He has on many occasions been asked by potential litigants or their legal counsel in cases where he was not representing either party to give a non-binding opinions, as an informal guideline or basis for settlement negotiations.
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.
IP Law Practice:
The firm’s practice in the areas of intellectual and industrial property, information technology and licensing law handles applications, filing and prosecution, in respect of trade marks, service marks, patents, utility innovations and designs, for local and international clients. In the area of copyright protection, we deal with the documentation relating to the protection, subsistence, ownership and assignment of copyright.
Our services in the establishment and recognition of intellectual and industrial property rights are complemented by our experience in the enforcement of such rights. This encompasses, amongst others, administrative and legal proceedings concerning anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy measures, legal proceedings involving urgent interlocutory applications for injunctions, Anton Piller orders and criminal seizure actions.
Licensing and franchising are a significant part of the department’s work, and our services extend to advice and documentation relating to the licensing and exploitation of intellectual and industrial property rights including licensing and joint venture arrangements, transfer of ownership and compliance thereof.
In the area of information technology, our lawyers advise on legal issues relating to e-commerce, issues relating to licensing, and exploitation and compliance thereof, of intellectual property rights in the context of the information technology legal framework.
Shook Lin & Bok:
From its humble origins as a sole-proprietorship established in 1918. Shook Lin & Bok has grown into one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. It is also the oldest law firm of local origin in the country.
The practice began in a limited number of practice areas. As Malaysia evolved from being a British colony into the modern country it is today, the firm grew in tandem to meet the challenges of globalization, building on its strong, trusted relationships with all its clients. The firm’s practice has evolved into a leading full service firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services, spanning the globe. Such services range from civil and commercial practice, banking and finance, international arbitration, complex litigation disputes and intellectual property.
The firm has distinguished itself in its commitment to high standards of professionalism and integrity for over nine decades. It has built on that heritage and continues to invest in the development of its human resources, team of legal practitioners and infrastructural resources, including the latest technological systems, for the benefit of its clients. Always solution-focused, the firm prides itself not just in highlighting pitfalls in transactions but also in providing alternatives.
The latest in online legal research facilities enhances and complements one of the most comprehensive traditional library facilities in the country, enabling the firm to deliver on its mission of service with effectiveness and efficiency.
The firm has fourteen departments representing major, though not exclusive, practice areas, which combine in a complementary and multidisciplinary practice to serve the needs of clients.