Name: Michael C. M. Soo
Firm Name: Shook Lin & Bok
Jurisdiction: Malaysia
Practice Area: IT Law

Telephone: +603 2031 1788
Fax: +603 2031 1775

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Professional Biography:

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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 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 30 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.

In addition to this, he frequently handles advisory and contentious cases involving domain names dispute and “cybersquatting”. Michael Soo is a panelist of domain name dispute resolution administered by Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration 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.

Professional Membership
  • President, Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) [2004-2006]
  • Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Bar Council Malaysia
  • Member, Information Technology and Cyberlaws Committee, Bar Council Malaysia [2004-2008]
  • Member, Copyright Law Review Ad-Hoc Committee, Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia [2004-2008]
  • Member, International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • Member of INTA’s International Panel of Neutrals (an Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] program – the first person appointed for Malaysia in April 2003
  • Overseas Member, The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, United Kingdom
  • Member, Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA)
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Member, LawAsia (Law Association of Asian Countries)
  • Member, International Association for the Protection on Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA-South East Asian Association of Countries)
  • Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • President and Councilor, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) [2006-2009; 2009-2012 and 2012-2015]
  • Member, Management Committee of APAA Country Group, Malaysia [since 1997]
  • Member, and former Honorary Secretary, of The Licensing Executives Society (LES), Malaysian Chapter [1994-1995]

Firm Overview:

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.